Lilo is a 5 time Paralympic athlete and world class discus and shot put thrower who has recorded an amazing 19 international podium finishes including a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.
She has parlayed nearly two decades of competing in Paralympic Sport (1984-2002) into a lifetime commitment to sport for athletes with a disability. As the Chair of the International Paralympic committee’s Athletes Committee, a long standing Athletes Can Board Member and past Canadian Blind Sports Association Sport Technical officer and multi term athlete representative, Lilo’s passion and dedication to the world of sport is unsurpassed.
Most recently Lilo was awarded as the 2007 recipient of the “Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC President’s Athlete with a Disability Award”, recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 for 2007, presented the Izabel Ferrer prize in 2004 by the European commission, named to Canada’s Top 20 most influential women in Sport 2003-2007) and honored in 2005 with the Athletes CAN Leadership Award.
2007 “Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC President’s Athlete with a Disability Award”
2007 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 winner
2005 Athletes CAN’s inaugural Leadership Award recipient
2005 “In Her Footsteps” BC Sport Hall of Fame Celebrating Women Leaders
2004 to 2007 Named to Canada’s Top 20 most influential women in Sport
2004 Presented the Izabel Ferrer prize by the European commission
2002 Investors Group Athletic Bursary recipient
Sport Canada AAP recognized athlete 1994-2001
2001 Investors Group Athletic Bursary recipient
1996 Government of Canada Award ” Recognition of Sporting Achievement”
1996 BC Athletics “Disabled Athlete of the Year”
1996 Sport Canada ” “A” Card Status”
1993 Coquitlam “Wall of Champions”
1993 BC Sports “Hall Of Fame”
1992 Canada 125 Medal “Contribution to Community Through Sport”
1992 Sport BC “Disabled Athlete of the Year”
1992 TriCity Chamber of Commerce “Sports Person of the Year”
1984 City of Vancouver “Civic Merit Award”
International Paralympic Committee Athletes committee
International Olympic Committee Athletes commission member
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Canadian Blind Sports Association
BC Blind Sports Association
Esteem Team Speakers’ Bureau
Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic/Paralympic Athletes Advisory Committee
Winter 2010 Legacies Now Society Board Member
In addition to here pursuit of athletic endeavor, Lilo contributes her time through volunteerism to numerous community and international initiatives. Throughout the year Lilo travels around British Columbia, Canada and throughout the world entertaining, inspiring and motivating people of all ages. Her candidness, enthusiasm, honesty, and humor make her a crowd favorite wherever she goes.