Diane Roy

Diane Roy

 

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

The biggest influence in her 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 also 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.

Roy was a featured athlete in the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Super Athletes marketing campaign in 2012 and was given the nickname, “The Warhorse.”

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

5 Paralympic Games – two silver medals in 2004 and one silver and two bronze in 2008… six-time world champion… 3 Commonwealth Games – 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…Holds conferences 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

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2015 Toronto Parapan AmsAthletics800m - Womengold
2008 Beijing ParalympicsAthletics5000m - Womensilver
2015 Toronto Parapan AmsAthletics400m - Womenbronze
2008 Beijing ParalympicsAthletics400m - Womenbronze
2008 Beijing ParalympicsAthletics800m - Womenbronze
2004 Athens ParalympicsAthletics400m - Womenbronze
2004 Athens ParalympicsAthletics1500m - Womenbronze

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Athletics 400m - Women 3
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Athletics 800m - Women 1
Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 1500m - Women 4
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 5000m - Women 9
2012 London Paralympics Athletics Marathon - Women 7
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 400m - Women 5
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 800m - Women 7
2008 Beijing Paralympics Athletics 400m - Women 3
2008 Beijing Paralympics Athletics 800m - Women 3
2008 Beijing Paralympics Athletics 1500m - Women 8
2008 Beijing Paralympics Athletics 5000m - Women 2
2008 Beijing Paralympics Athletics Marathon - Women 8
2004 Athens Paralympics Athletics 1500m - Women 3
2004 Athens Paralympics Athletics 5000m - Women 4
2004 Athens Paralympics Athletics Marathon - Women 6
2004 Athens Paralympics Athletics 400m - Women 3
2004 Athens Paralympics Athletics 800m - Women 5
2000 Sydney Paralympics Athletics 200m - Women 8
2000 Sydney Paralympics Athletics 800m - Women 7
2000 Sydney Paralympics Athletics 1500m - Women 6
2000 Sydney Paralympics Athletics 5000m - Women 11
2000 Sydney Paralympics Athletics Marathon - Women 6
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Athletics 800m - Women 6
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Athletics 1500m - Women 6
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Athletics 5000m - Women 7
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Athletics 400m - Women 7