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ROY Diane
Sport Para athletics
NPC Canada   
GenderWomen
Age50
Place of BirthQuebec, CAN
Height1.60 m
Human Interest
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, Student
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
Senior 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)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Semifinal 2000 1500m T54 3:49.69
8 2000 200m T54 32.89
11 2000 5000m T54 14:32.31
Semifinal 2000 800m T54 2:09.85
6 2000 Marathon T54 2:10:45
3 2004 400m T54 54.80 
5 2004 800m T54 1:52.14 
3 2004 1500m T54 3:28.62 
4 2004 5000m T54 12:00.07 
6 2004 Marathon T54 2:02:42 
2 2008 5000m T54 12:29.08
3 2008 400m T54 54.72
3 2008 800m T54 1:48.07
8 2008 1500m T54 3:43.66
8 2008 Marathon T54 1:40:37
9 2012 5000m T54 12:29.27
5 2012 400m T54 56.60
7 2012 800m T54 1:54.90
4 2012 1500m T54 3:37.17
7 2012 Marathon T54 1:53:02
Round 1 2016 400m T54 57.29
6 2016 1500m T54 3:24.57
7 2016 5000m T54 11:58.78
7 2016 800m T54 1:51.51
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 1998 1500m T55 3:58.99
8 1998 Marathon T55 2:12:32
8 2002 400m T54 1:05.38
12 2002 800m T54 2:09.07
9 2002 1500m T54 3:57.21
  2002 5000m T54  DNF
8 2002 Marathon T54 2:06:13
  2006 400m T54  DNF
5 2006 800m T54 1:57.06
2 2006 1500m T54 3:42.37
3 2006 5000m T54 13:41.55
1 2006 Marathon T54 1:44.23
5 2011 5000m T54 13:36.56
3 2011 800m T54 1:52.88
2 2011 1500m T54 3:36.32
2 2011 400m T54 56.90
  2011 Marathon T54  DNS
10 2013 5000m T54 12:13.17
4 2013 800m T54 1:50.51
4 2013 1500m T54 3:34.65
6 2013 400m T54 57.82
13 2017 1500m T54 3:31.30
8 2017 400m T54 58.87
8 2017 800m T54 1:55.65
7 2017 5000m T54 12:35.70
5 2019 800m T54 1:59.64
9 2019 1500m T54 3:39.73
10 2019 400m T54 59.61
5 2019 5000m T54 12:16.22
Commonwealth Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2002 800m Wheelchair 2:01.38
3 2006 800m T54 1:53.76
1 2010 1500m T54 3:53.95
2 2014 1500m T54 3:59.55
3 2018 1500m T54 3:36.97 CR
5 2018 Marathon T54 1:50:13