Marco Dispaltro

Marco Dispaltro

 

London 2012 Paralympic Games bronze medallist Marco Dispaltro is no stranger to parasport. With a strong background in wheelchair tennis and wheelchair rugby, he exploded onto the boccia scene in May 2010 on the encouragement of head coach Mario Delisle. Dispaltro held a #1 world ranking in his classification entering the 2015 season.

Dispaltro started his wheelchair sports odyssey in 1993 as a rugby player and played until 2004. From 2001 until 2008, he acted as the High Performance Coordinator of the Canadian National Rugby Team and held this title until 2008. Later that year, he became the Head Coach for Sweden, leading them to unprecedented heights.

In May 2010, after years of coaxing and hesitation, Dispaltro tried boccia and it was love at first throw. His respect for the sport of boccia grew exponentially in the first couple of months of training and he's still dazzled by the talent showcased at the elite level. His achievements in boccia include his bronze in pairs with Josh Vander Vies at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and silver at both the World Cup and the Parapan American Games in 2011.

In 2015 he earned a silver medal in mixed pairs at the Parapan American Games in Toronto with Alison Levine and Caroline Vietnieks.

Born with muscular dystrophy, Dispaltro has always been a fighter and brings that spirit wherever he goes. He's a fully dedicated athlete who trains religiously, keeping meticulous training reports and striving for perfection. He quickly masters the technical aspects of the sport he does and he's relentlessly looking to get that edge over the competition. “We are not born champions, we become champions,” is the motto he abides by.

Influential people who have helped him in his sporting career include Duncan Campbell and Stéphan Dubuc in rugby, and Josh Vander Vies and Mario Delisle in boccia.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Dispaltro’s career highlight is his bronze medal finish with teammate Josh Vander Vies at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

PERSONAL

Renowned for his commitment and dedication to his craft, Dispaltro is rarely seen without a boccia ball in his hand. When he does take time to himself, he is an avid reader and enjoys satirical television. He is also a motivational speaker, using sport to inspire and drive young people.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2016 BISFed Povoa World Open- Pairs BC4- bilver
2016 BISFed Montreal World Open- Pairs BC4- bronze
2015 Parapan American Games – Pairs BC4 - silver
2015 BISFed Americas Team/Pairs – Pairs BC4 – gold
2014 BISFed Montreal World Open – Singles BC4 - gold
2014 BISFed Povoa World Open – Singles BC4 – gold
2012 London Paralympic Games – Pairs Mixed BC4 – bronze
2012 London Paralympic Games – Singles BC4 Open – 9th

 

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2015 Toronto Parapan AmsBocciaPairs - Mixedsilver
2011 Guadalajara Parapan AmsBocciaSingles BC4 - Opensilver
2012 London ParalympicsBocciaPairs Mixed - BC4bronze

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Boccia Singles - Mixed 5
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Boccia Pairs - Mixed 2
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Boccia Singles BC4 - Open 2
Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Boccia Pairs Mixed - BC4 3
2012 London Paralympics Boccia Singles BC4 - Open 9