Robbi Weldon

Robbi Weldon

 

Rio 2016 marks the fourth Paralympic Games for multi-talented competitor Robbi Weldon. A dual-sport athlete, she competed in para-nordic skiing at both the Sochi 2014 and Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. On the summer side, Weldon and her pilot at the time, Lyne Bessette, won gold in the road race at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

At the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, Weldon won a silver medal in the time trial with her current pilot, Audrey Lemieux.

Weldon had a major setback in her preparation for Sochi in August 2013, during a para-cycling World Cup training session in Matane, Que. Weldon and her cycling pilot at the time, Emilie Roy, were hit by a car. Weldon broke her collarbone, shoulder blade and five vertebrae in the incident.

An active participant in numerous sports, Weldon first started out on downhill skis at age three. After many years of alpine racing and then ski instructing, she decided to take on a new challenge in 2002 with para-nordic skiing.

At the age of 15, Weldon was diagnosed with Stargardt Disease, a genetic form of macular degeneration affecting central vision. At Mohawk College in Brantford, Ont., she was introduced to two sports for the blind: goalball and power lifting, and went on to set national and world records in the squat, bench press and deadlift in 1995-96.

In addition to the Paralympic gold medal Weldon and Bessette won in London, a year earlier at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Weldon and Bessette won gold in all four tandem cycling events and were named Canada’s flag bearers for the Closing Ceremony.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 Paralympian… London 2012 Paralympic Games gold medallist in cycling with pilot Lynn Bessette… four-time gold medallist at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, also with Lyne Bessette… Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 Paralympian in para-nordic skiing.

PERSONAL

Mother of two… an alpine skier since age three…took up para-cycling in 2010 after attending a Western Canada Development Camp… also enjoys recreational cycling, hiking, camping, water activities.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2016 World Cup (BEL), time trial, 5th

2016 World Cup (BEL), road race, 5th

2015 World Cup (RSA), road race, 4th

2015 World Cup (RSA), time trial, 3rd

2015 Parapan American Games (CAN), time trial, 2nd

2015 Parapan American Games (CAN), road race, 5th

2015 Défi sportif (CAN), time trial, 1st

2015 World Cup (ITA), time trial 7th

2015 World Cup (SUI),time trial 5th

2012 Paralympic Games (GBR), road race, 1st

2011 Parapan American Games (MEX), road race, 1st

2011 Parapan American Games (MEX), time trial, 1st

2011 Parapan American Games (MEX), 1km time trial 1st

2011 Parapan American Games (MEX), ind. pursuit 1st

2011 World Championship (DEN) Time Trial 1st

2010 World Championship (CAN) Road Race

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2012 London ParalympicsCycling - RoadRoad Race - Womengold
2011 Guadalajara Parapan AmsCycling - RoadRoad Race - Womengold
2011 Guadalajara Parapan AmsCycling - RoadTime Trial - Visually Impaired - Opengold
2011 Guadalajara Parapan AmsCycling - Track1km Time Trial - Womengold
2011 Guadalajara Parapan AmsCycling - Track3000m Individual Pursuit - Womengold
2015 Toronto Parapan AmsCycling - RoadIndividual Time Trial - Mixedsilver

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Cycling - Road Individual Time Trial - Mixed 2
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Cycling - Road Road Race - Mixed 5
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Cycling - Track Individual Pursuit - Mixed 6
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Cycling - Track 1km Time Trial - Mixed 5
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Cycling - Road Road Race - Women 1
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Cycling - Road Time Trial - Visually Impaired - Open 1
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Cycling - Track 1km Time Trial - Women 1
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Cycling - Track 3000m Individual Pursuit - Women 1
Games Sport Event Result
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 5km Visually Impaired - Women 7
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 1km Sprint Visually Impaired - Women 3
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 4 x 2.5km Relay - Open 4
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 3 x 2.5km Relay - Women 4
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Biathlon 3km Pursuit Visually Impaired - Womens 6
Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Cycling - Road Road Race - Women 1
2012 London Paralympics Cycling - Road Individual Time Trial - Women 4
2012 London Paralympics Cycling - Track Individual Pursuit - Women 7