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January 9, 1971


Notre Dame Du Lac, QC


Notre Dame Du Lac, QC


Para Athletics


Beijing 2008

Rio 2016

Toronto 2015

Persistence and dedication have made Diane Roy one of Canada’s top international stars in wheelchair racing. She competed at her sixth Paralympic Games in Rio. She has won five Paralympic medals in her career.

In 2015 she starred at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games with gold in the 800m and bronze in the 400m. She has continued to be a major player internationally competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games, 2017 IPC World Championships and 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The biggest influence in Roy’s 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 been coached by Jean Laroche, one of the most respected coaches in the world in wheelchair sports.


Has competed at six Paralympic Games – won two silver medals in 2004 and one silver and two bronze in 2008… six-time world champion… Competed at four Commonwealth Games – won one gold in 2010 and one silver in 2014 and a bronze in 2018…


Has one son, Émile… 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 water skies, downhill skies and plays Para ice hockey.


  • 2018 Commonwealth Games 1500m 3rd
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games marathon 5th
  • 2017 IPC World Championships 5000m 7th
  • 2016 Paralympic Games 1500m 6th
  • 2016 Paralympic Games 800m 7th
  • 2016 Paralympic Games 5000m 7th
  • 2016 Paralympic Games 400m 9th
  • 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

Paralympic Medals