Para athletics


Notre Dame Du Lac, QC


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

Year Type
Host City
2016 Summer
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2015 Parapan am Games
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Toronto, Canada
2 gold medals

2 gold medals

2012 Summer
London, England
2008 Summer
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Beijing, China
1 silver medals

1 silver medals

2 bronze medals

2 bronze medals

2004 Summer
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Athens, Greece
2 bronze medals

2 bronze medals

2000 Summer
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Sydney, Australia
1996 Summer
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Atlanta, USA