Ath­letes come home

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS -

Lon­don Par­a­lympics, per­haps the last Par­a­lympics for Hat­ley wheel­chair ath­lete Diane Roy who, sur­pris­ingly, is re­turn­ing home empty-handed, have ended. Ms. Roy, who holds the world record in the 5000 me­tre race, had her best fin­ish in the 1500 me­tre race, fin­ish­ing fourth.

One Town­ship­per, how­ever, will be bring­ing home a gold medal. Lyne Bes­sette, of Knowl­ton, won the gold medal along with her part­ner, Robbi Wel­don, in the 80 kilo­me­tre tan­dem road race. The pair fin­ished the race with a time of 2H:8M:26s, a full thirty-three sec­onds ahead of the sec­ond­place fin­ish­ers. Ms. Bes­sette, a two-time Olympic cy­clist for Canada, rides in the front of the tan­dem bike as the pi­lot while Robbi Wel­don, who is vis­ually im­paired, pow­ers the bike from be­hind.

Archer Lyne Trem­blay, from Ma­gog, fin­ished her com­pe­ti­tion in 17th place. She had a ma­jor train­ing prob­lem for sev­eral months be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion that played a fac­tor in her re­sults.

Photo Au­drey Berg­eron Robert

Par­a­lympic ath­letes Lyne Bes­sette (in front) and Robbi Wel­don came home from the Lon­don Par­a­lympics with a gold medal each.

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