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DISPALTRO Marco
Sport Boccia
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age51
Place of BirthMontreal, CAN
Height1.75 m
Weight 65 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Classification
BC4
Further Personal Information
Residence
Saint-Jérôme, QC, CAN
Languages
English, French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
"I was first approached in 2004 but I had no interest in boccia. In 2010 I finally gave in and it was love at first throw. I admit I was foolish back in the day not to have given boccia a fair shake. Now I tell people to just shut up and try it - and they like it."
Why this sport?
He has played wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis, switching sports as his muscular dystrophy deteriorated, until eventually coming upon boccia. When he was younger, he often played bowling and according to him, this played a key role. "The throw is similar so it was natural for me because I was programmed to throw with precision."
Name of coach
Mario Delisle [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2011 [boccia]
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Belfast, NIR
General Interest
Nicknames
The Intimidator, Dragon Slayer (thestar.com, 28 Jul 2015; Athlete, 15 Aug 2012)
Hobbies
Reading. (paralympic.ca, 15 Aug 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Representing Canada at the 2000, 2001 and 2002 World Cups in wheelchair tennis and reaching the top 25 ranking list, winning gold at the 2002 World Championships in wheelchair rugby as manager of Canada, coaching the Sweden wheelchair rugby team to fourth at the 2010 World Championship and beating Canada along the way. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Screw inspiration and give me perspiration." (thestar.com, 28 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
He was Canada's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (paralympic.ca, 07 Aug 2015)
Other sports
He has represented Canada in both wheelchair tennis and wheelchair rugby. (ccpsa.ca, 30 Jun 2011)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of Becker muscular dystrophy, a disorder that involves progressive muscle weakness of the legs and pelvis. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2012)
Other information
WHEELCHAIR RUGBY INVOLVEMENT
He worked as the high performance coordinator/manager of the Canadian wheelchair rugby team from 2001 to 2008. During this period, the team won silver at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens and bronze at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Shortly after Beijing, he became coach of the Swedish national wheelchair rugby team. After the 2012 Games in London, he continued to offer rugby clinics around the globe. This included travelling to Brazil, where he participated in recruiting players with the potential to play on the national team at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "When you're an athlete, you can sometimes question certain coaching decisions. By becoming a coach myself, I experienced the other side. I think that having been an athlete and a coach has helped me tremendously." (Twitter profile, 17 Aug 2015; Athlete, 15 Aug 2012; ccpsa.ca, 30 Jun 2011)

INTIMIDATION TECHNIQUES
Nicknamed 'The Intimidator', he uses various pre-game intimidation techniques to stare down his opponents. These include throwing balls at his coach as hard as he can and rolling out in a high-end chair with spiderweb themed wheels. "In the beginning, I thought [boccia] was a gentleman's sport but it's not a gentleman's sport. If anybody can get an advantage, they're going to get it. If somebody can intimidate another athlete, they will." (thestar.com, 28 Jul 2015; theglobeandmail.com, 06 Aug 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2012 Pairs - BC4  
9 2012 Individual - BC4  
6 2016 Pairs - BC4  
14 2016 Individual - BC4  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2014 Pairs - BC4  
4 2014 Individual - BC4  
6 2018 Pairs - BC4  
World Ranking (09 Nov 2015)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2015 Individual - BC4  
2 2015 Individual - BC4  
5 2016 Individual - BC4  
16 2016 Individual - BC4  
20 2018 Individual - BC4  
20 2018 Individual - BC4  
World Individual Championships
Rank Year Event Result
17 2016 Individual - BC4