Quick facts

Birthdate

September 6, 1975

Birthplace

Thunder Bay, ON

Residence

Thunder Bay, ON

Sport

Para Cycling

Experience

Guadalajara 2011

Rio 2016

Sochi 2014

Toronto 2015

Vancouver 2010

Rio 2016 marked 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 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 Paralympic Games, road race, 5th

2016 Paralympic Games, time trial, 7th

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 1st

Paralympic Medals

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