Marco Dispaltro

Marco Dispaltro


Canada’s flag bearer at the 2015 Parapan American Games Opening Ceremony,  Marco Dispaltro is a parasport legend. 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. Marco held a #1 world ranking in his classification entering the 2015 season and earned a silver medal in mixed pairs in Toronto at the Parapan Ams.

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 the title until 2008.

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 with Josh Vandervies at the 2012 London Games and silver at both the World Cup and the Parapan American Games in 2011

Career Highlights

2015 - silver in mixed pairs and Parapan Am Games... 2014 ranked number-one in the world... 2012 bronze medal mixed pairs at Paralympic Games...


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


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


Games Sport Event Result
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Boccia Pairs - Mixed 2
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Boccia Singles - Mixed 5
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