Quick facts

Birthdate

September 1, 1965

Birthplace

Levis, QC

Residence

Levis, QC

Sport

Para Cycling

Experience

Toronto 2015

Robert Labbé, the 2012 World Cup champion, raced in hand cycling for the first time at the 2004 Canadian championships in Kamloops, B.C. He had already been riding for six years but that victory definitely gave him the competitive bug and he immediately doubled up his training.

In addition to winning the World Cup crown, another dream came true for Labbé in 2012: he made the Paralympic Games team for the first time. Labbé competed in three races highlighted by a fifth place finish in the mixed team relay.

In his rookie season with the national team in 2009, Labbé was crowned the world champion in the individual time trial. He clinched the 2012 World Cup title in July, winning the 43.2-kilometre road race in Baie-Comeau, Que.

In 2015, he continues to maintain himself among the world’s best including a fifth place finish in the road race at a World Cup in Italy.

A quadriplegic since 1984 after an injury in a car accident, Labbé initially played wheelchair rugby and was on the Canadian national team for one season. But once he tried handcycling he didn’t look back.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games… 2012 World Cup winner…two world championship medals…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2015 World Cup (SWI), road race 5th
2015 World Cup (SWI), time trial 8th
2015 World Cup (ITA), road race 8th
2015 World Cup (ITA) time trial 8th
2012 Paralympic Games, mixed relay 5th
2012 Paralympic Games, road race 6th
2012 Paralympic Games, time trial 10th

Paralympic Medals

1