John McRoberts

John McRoberts will be competing in his third Paralympics at London. He won a bronze medal in the two-person keelboat event at the 2008 Beijing Games, with Stacie Louttit. He also sailed at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics.

McRoberts was left a quadriplegic with limited arm movement at age 18 after diving into shallow water in Lake Erie. He had sailed as a teenager and says he felt “like a duck out of water’’ when he moved to Victoria at age 30. McRoberts uses special poles to steer the boat.

McRoberts has won medals in the 2.4mR, Sonar and Hobie Trapseat classes. He will focus solely on the SKUD-18 for London 2012. He is a professional sailing skipper who helps youth-at-risk build their self-esteem.

McRoberts qualified for London with crew Stacie Louttit. They won a silver medal at the Paralympic test regatta held at Weymouth in June 2012.


1996 Atlanta ParalympicsSailing Crewboat - Mengold
2008 Beijing ParalympicsSailing 2-person keelboat (SKUD18)bronze


Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Sailing 2-person keelboat (SKUD18) 4
2008 Beijing Paralympics Sailing 2-person keelboat (SKUD18) 3
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Sailing Crewboat - Men 1
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Sailing Crewboat - Mixed 2