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Diane Roy

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Family
Son Emile [2015]
Residence
Sherbrooke, QC, CAN
Occupation
Administrator
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Administration Studies - University of Sherbrooke: Canada

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She got involved in Para athletics at age 21 in Sherbrooke, QC, Canada.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport after meeting Canadian Para shot putter Jacques Martin. "He [Martin] introduced me to his coach, which allowed me to start my training with the best of the best. He was already working with [Canadian wheelchair racer] Andre Viger and several of the best Canadian athletes."
Club / Team
Athletisme Sherbrooke: Canada
Name of coach
Jean Laroche [personal], CAN, from 1992

International debut

Year
1994
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Nicknames
Didi, The Warhorse (paralympic.ca, 26 Aug 2016; Athlete, 07 Sep 2010)
Hobbies
Water skiing, skiing, ice hockey. (paralympic.ca, 01 Jan 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a total of five medals at the Paralympic Games in 2004 and 2008. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Canadian wheelchair racer Andre Viger. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Canadian wheelchair racer Andre Viger. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Attitude is everything." (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named Female Athlete of International Excellence for 2011 at the Sports Gala de l'Estrie in Canada. She received the same accolade in 2012. (lapresse.ca, 07 Feb 2013)

She received the Fred Begley Memorial Trophy in 2006 and 2007, which is Athletics Canada's award for the best athlete in the marathon event. (dianeroy.com, 02 Mar 2010)
Impairment
She has paraplegia after falling off an all-terrain vehicle at age 17. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; paralympic.ca, 26 Aug 2016)
Other information
BEIJING RERUN
She initially won a gold medal in the T54 5000m at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, but the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] ordered the race to be rerun after three NPCs protested the result because a collision on the penultimate lap had taken six athletes out of contention. The decision came after the medal ceremony had taken place, so Roy had to give back her gold medal. In the rerun she finished second, 0.01s behind winner Amanda McGrory of the United States of America. (theglobeandmail.com, 02 Sep 2012; dianeroy.com, 02 Mar 2010)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as an ambassador for the Quebec Spinal Cord and Motor Functions Foundation in Canada. (Facebook profile, 30 Sep 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Marathon T54 Final Round 8
Women's 5000 m T54 Final Round 2
Women's 1500 m T54 Final Round 8
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 2
Women's 800 m T54 Final Round 3
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 2 2
Women's 400 m T54 Final Round 3
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 1 1
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 1 1
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 1 9999
Women's 800 m T54 Final Round 5
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 2
Women's 1500 m T54 Final Round 2
Women's Marathon T54 Final Round 1
Women's 5000 m T54 Final Round 3
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Marathon T54 Final Round 6
Women's 5000 m T54 Final Round 4
Women's 5000 m T54 Heat 2 1
Women's 1500 m T54 Final Round 3
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 1
Women's 800 m T54 Final Round 5
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 2 2
Women's 400 m T54 Final Round 3
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 1 1
IPC Athletics World Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Marathon T54 Final Round 8
Women's 5000 m T54 Final Round 9999
Women's 1500 m T54 Final Round 9
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 5
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 2 4
Women's 400 m T54 Final Round 8
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 2 4
IPC Athletics World Championships Birmingham 1998 (Birmingham, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Marathon T55 Final Round 8
Women's 1500 m T55 Final Round 6
Women's 800 m T55 Heat 2 4
Women's 200 m T55 Heat 1 6
Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games (Atlanta, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 5000 m T52-53 Final Round 7
Women's 1500 m T52-53 Final Round 6
Women's 800 m T53 Final Round 5
Women's 800 m T53 Heat 1 3
Women's 400 m T53 Final Round 7
Women's 400 m T53 Heat 1 3
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T54 Heat 2 5
Women's 200 m T54 Final Round 8
Women's Marathon T54 Final Round 6
Women's 5000 m T54 Final Round 11
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 6
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 1 7
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 5000 m T53/54 Final 2011-01-22 5
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 2 2011-01-24 1
Women's 800 m T54 Final 2011-01-25 3
Women's 1500 m T53/54 Heat 2 2011-01-26 2
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 2 2011-01-28 1
Women's 1500 m T53/54 Final 2011-01-28 2
Women's 400 m T54 Final 2011-01-29 2
Women's Marathon T53/54 Final 2011-01-30 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 5000 m T54 Heat 2 2012-08-31 2
Women's 5000 m T54 Final Round 2012-09-02 9
Women's 400 m T54 Final Round 2012-09-03 5
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 1 2012-09-03 2
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 1 2012-09-04 3
Women's 800 m T54 Final Round 2012-09-05 7
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 2012-09-06 4
Women's 1500 m T54 Final Round 2012-09-07 4
Women's Marathon T54 Final Round 2012-09-09 7
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 5000 m T54 Semifinal 1 2013-07-20 4
Women's 5000 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-21 10
Women's 800 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-22 6
Women's 800 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-23 4
Women's 1500 m T54 Semifinal 1 2013-07-24 8
Women's 1500 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-25 4
Women's 400 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-26 4
Women's 400 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-27 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 1 2016-09-11 5
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 2016-09-12 3
Women's 1500 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-13 6
Women's 5000 m T54 Heat 2 2016-09-14 5
Women's 5000 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-15 7
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 1 2016-09-17 3
Women's 800 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-17 7
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 2017-07-15 11
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 1 2017-07-16 8
Women's 400 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-17 8
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 1 2017-07-18 6
Women's 800 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-19 8
Women's 5000 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-22 7