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Diane Roy

Birthdate : 9 January 1971

Birthplace : Canada

Hometown : Sherbrooke

Language : French

Provincial affiliation : Athletics Quebec

Club : Sherbrooke

Coach : Jean Laroche

Event specialization : Sprints, Middle Distance, Distance


Persistence and dedication have made Diane Roy one of Canada’s top international stars in wheelchair racing. She will be heading to her sixth Paralympic Games in Rio, having already won five Paralympic medals in her career.

In 2015 she starred at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games with gold in the 800m and bronze in the 400m.

The biggest influence in Roy’s career has been André Viger, who was a trailblazer not only for wheelchair racing but the entire Paralympic sport movement back in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. For the past 20+ years, she has been coached by Jean Laroche, one of the most respected coaches in the world in wheelchair sports.

Roy became a paraplegic in 1988 at age 17 when she fell off her ATV. Sports had always been a part of her life, even before her accident. She played competitive handball in high school and now she water skies, downhill skies and plays sledge hockey.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Has competed at five Paralympic Games – won two silver medals in 2004 and one silver and two bronze in 2008… six-time world champion… Competed at three Commonwealth Games – won one gold in 2010 and one silver in 2014…

PERSONAL

Full time athlete and employee for Royal Lepage for the past 18 years as an administrative assistant… gives presentations at elementary and high schools on the importance of sport…Has one son, Émile.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2015 Parapan American Games 800m 1st
2015 Parapan American Games 400m 3rd
2013 IPC World Championships 800m 4th
2013 IPC World Championships 1500m 4th
2012 Paralympic Games 1500m 4th
2012 Paralympic Games 400m 5th
2011 IPC World Championships 400m 2nd
2011 IPC World Championships 1500m 2nd
2011 IPC World Championships 800m 5th
2008 Paralympic Games 5000m 2nd
2008 Paralympic Games 1500m 3rd
2008 Paralympic Games 800m 3rd
2006 Commonwealth Games 800m wheelchair 3rd
2006 IPC World Championships Marathon 1st
2006 IPC World Championships 1500m 2nd
2006 IPC World Championships 5000m 3rd
2004 Paralympic Games 400m 3rd
2004 Paralympic Games 1500m 3rd
2002 Commonwealth Games 800m wheelchair 5th
2002 IPC World Championships Marathon 8th
2002 IPC World Championships 400m 8th
2000 Paralympic Games Marathon 6th
2000 Paralympic Games 200m 8th
1998 IPC World Championships 1500m 6th
1998 IPC World Championships Marathon 8th
1996 Paralympic Games 1500m 6th
1996 Paralympic Games 800m 6th

Event 
Season 
Mark 
Meet 
Location 
Date 
100 MetreOutdoor16.83St-Laurent SelectMontreal2008-06-07
200 MetreOutdoor30.02Ian Hume InvitationSherbrooke2012-06-17
400 MetreOutdoor54.72ParalympicsBeijing2008-09-12
800 MetreOutdoor1:48.07ParalympicsBeijing2008-09-14
1500 MetreOutdoor3:19.22LA-SM Rollstuhlsport ArbonArbon2017-05-28
5000 MetreOutdoor11:16.96Schweizer Meisterschaften RollstuhlsportArbon2010-06-27
10 kmRoad22:52.70Peachtree Road RaceAtlanta2009-07-04
Half MarathonRoad59:25.00New York Half MarathonNew York2014-03-16
MarathonRoad1:44:08.00Boston MarathonBoston2017-04-17
MarathonRoad1:40:09.10Marathon Oensingen 2007-06-06

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