Diane Roy

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Diane Roy
Personal information
Nationality  Canada
Born (1971-01-09) 9 January 1971 (age 44)
Notre-Dame-du-Lac, Quebec
Residence Sherbrooke, Quebec
Height 160 cm (5 ft 3 in)

Diane Roy (born January 9, 1971 in Notre-Dame-du-Lac, Quebec) is a Canadian wheelchair racer. Her best two finishes at the 2002 world championships were both 8th place finishes, in the 400m and in the marathon. She has been nicknamed "The Warhorse."[1][2]


The 2004 Summer Olympics featured a demonstration of the men's 1500m wheelchair and the women's 800m wheelchair, in which Diane finished fourth in. She also participated in the 2004 Summer Paralympics, taking a bronze medal in both the 400 metre and 1500 metre races.

At the 2008 Summer Paralympics Roy was initially awarded the gold medal in the women's 5000 m T54. However a re-run of the race was ordered by the International Paralympic Committee following protests by the Australian, US and Swiss teams after 6 competitors were involved in a crash on the penultimate lap.[3] The re-run race resulted in the same three athletes winning medals but in a different order, with Roy this time winning silver.[4]

In 2009, she was made an inductee into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame.

Personal life[edit]

Diane was born on January 9, 1971 and spent the majority of her childhood on a farm in Lac-des-Aigles, Quebec. She is the seventh of eight children, having five brothers and two sisters. Once she entered high school, Diane developed an interest in several sports, including basketball, badminton, downhill skiing, tennis, and handball in particular, which she played until her last year of high school. At age 17, an all terrain vehicle accident deprived Diane of the use of her legs and halted her activities temporarily.[5]


  1. ^ "Super Athletes - Diane Roy". YouTube. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Diane Roy". Canadian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Woods forced to give back medal". BBC Sport. 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  4. ^ "Woods battles to bronze in re-run". BBC Sport. 2008-09-12. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  5. ^ Official Website - About

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