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