Diane Roy

Diane Roy

 

Persistence and dedication have made Diane Roy, a five-time Paralympian, one of Canada’s top international stars in wheelchair racing.

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 several other sports.

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 bronze 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… World record holder in 5000-m and Canadian record holder in the 1500-m, 5000-m and marathon

PERSONAL

Full time athlete and employee for Royal Lepage.Evolution for the past 17 years as an administrative assistant… Studies administration at the University of Sherbrooke…Holds conferences at elementary and high schools on the importance of sport…Gave birth in the past year to her first child, a son named Émile.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2008 Paralympic Games 5000m 2nd
2008 Paralympic Games 1500m 3rd
2008 Paralympic Games 800m 3rd
2004 Paralympic Games 400m 3rd
2004 Paralympic Games 1500m 3rd

 

 

 

 

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 Marathon - Women 7
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 400m - Women 5
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 800m - Women 7
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 1500m - Women 4
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 5000m - Women 9
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 Marathon - Women 6
2004 Athens Paralympics Athletics 400m - Women 3
2004 Athens Paralympics Athletics 800m - Women 5
2004 Athens Paralympics Athletics 1500m - Women 3
2004 Athens Paralympics Athletics 5000m - Women 4
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 5000m - Women 7
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Athletics 400m - Women 7
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Athletics 800m - Women 6
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Athletics 1500m - Women 6