Sil­ver medal for Diane Roy at Com­mon­wealth Games

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Wheel­chair racer Diane Roy, of Hat­ley, won the sil­ver medal in the 1500 me­tre race at the Com­mon­wealth Games that fin­ished up in Glas­gow, Scot­land, on Sun­day. Ms. Roy was lead­ing for most of the race but was caught by Aus­tralian An­gela Ballard just be­fore the end. Un­der a driv­ing rain, Ms. Roy recorded a time of 3 min. 59.55 sec. while Ms. Ballard’s time was 3 min. 59.20 sec.

“I’m happy with my race, I did what I had to do,” said Ms. Roy. “Since it was rain­ing, I placed my­self in front for the whole race, at my own speed, and I knew no one was in front of me or try­ing to over­take me, un­til the last lap. I was a lit­tle up­set; I wanted to fin­ish first be­cause that was my ob­jec­tive. But the rain can play tricks on you. The rac­ing tech­nique is dif­fer­ent and there is the risk of slid­ing. It is more phys­i­cally de­mand­ing.”

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