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Robbi Weldon

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B2
Guide
Audrey Lemieux

Further personal information

Family
Daughter Keegan, son Alexander
Residence
Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up para-cycling in 2010.
Why this sport?
After competing at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver she followed up on an invitation from a national cycling coach to try out for the tandem cycling team. "I was 35 and I was up for the challenge, but I told Cycling Canada to be honest with me, if I have talent. I did the tests at a week-long training camp. They told me I had great potential."
Name of coach
Sebastien Travers [national], CAN

General interest

Nicknames
Thunder (paralympic.ca, 26 Apr 2012)
Hobbies
Hiking, camping, water activities. (paralympic.ca, Sep 2016)
Injuries
In August 2013 she broke her collarbone, shoulder blade and five vertebrae after being hit by a car while on a training ride with pilot Emilie Roy in Matane, QC, Canada. (paralympic.ca, Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named 2011 Female Athlete with an Impairment of the Year in Ontario, Canada. (mtc.gov.on.ca, 2011)

She and guide Lyne Bessette were named as Canada's flag bearers for the closing ceremony of the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. (paralympic.ca, Sep 2016)
Other sports
She competed in cross-country skiing and biathlon at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and in road cycling and track cycling at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She set national and world records in powerlifting in the 1990s. (paralympic.ca, Sep 2016)
Impairment
At age 15 she was diagnosed with Stargardt's disease, a genetic form of macular degeneration affecting central vision. (paralympic.ca, Sep 2016)

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