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.
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…
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
|100 Metre||Outdoor||16.83||St-Laurent Select||Montreal||2008-06-07|
|200 Metre||Outdoor||30.02||Ian Hume Invitation||Sherbrooke||2012-06-17|
|1500 Metre||Outdoor||3:21.39||Bahnmeeting Arbon||Arbon||2010-06-24|
|5000 Metre||Outdoor||11:16.96||Schweizer Meisterschaften Rollstuhlsport||Arbon||2010-06-27|
|10 km||Road||22:52.70||Peachtree Road Race||Atlanta||2009-07-04|
|Half Marathon||Road||59:25.00||New York Half Marathon||New York||2014-03-16|