Birthdate: August 2, 1967
Hometown: Montréal (Québec)
Residence: St-Jérôme (Québec)
At twice the age of most of his rivals, Marco Dispaltro likes to think of himself as the Gordie Howe of parasports. The Paralympic Games bronze medallist already had a strong background in wheelchair tennis and wheelchair rugby when he exploded onto the Boccia scene in May 2010.
Although it took some coaxing from Head Coach Mario Delisle for Marco to try boccia, once he did, it was love at first throw. His respect for boccia grew exponentially in the first couple of months of training and he’s still dazzled by the talent showcased at the elite level. His achievements in boccia include pairs bronze with Josh Vandervies at the 2012 London Games and silver at both the World Cup and the Parapan American Games in 2011. In 2015 he earned a silver medal in pairs at the Parapan American Games in Toronto.
Born with muscular dystrophy, Marco has always been a fighter and brings that spirit wherever he goes. He’s a fully dedicated athlete who trains religiously, keeping meticulous training reports and striving for perfection. He quickly masters the technical aspects of the sport he does and he’s relentlessly looking to get that edge over the competition. “We are not born champions, we become champions,” is the motto he abides by.
He is also a dedicated promoter of parasport.
“The doctors told me ‘Marco, your life expectancy is not going to be very long,’ but I just scoffed at that,” he says. “I did what I wanted to do, I was passionate about it, and I’m going to keep being passionate about sports. Even if I retire, there’s a legion of kids out there that want to play sports, and sometimes you don’t even know that it exists out there for you.”
|2017||BISFed Bangkok World Open- Pair BC4- Bronze|
|2017||BISFed Kansas City World Open- Pair BC4- Bronze|
|2017||BISFed Cali Regional Championships- Pair BC4- Bronze|
|2017||BISFed Montreal Regional Open- Singles BC4- Silver|
|2017||BISFed Montreal Regional Open- Mixed Pair BC4- Gold|
|2017||Canadian Championships- Single BC4- Gold|
|2017||Canadian Championships- Pair Mixed BC4- Gold|
|2016||Rio Paralympic Games- Pairs Mixed BC4- 6th|
|2016||BISFed Boccia World Open in Portugal- Pairs BC4- Silver|
|2016||BISFed Boccia World Open in Montreal- Pairs BC4- Bronze|
|2016||2011 to 2016 Canadian Championships- Individual BC4- Gold|
|2015||Toronto Parapan Ams- Pairs Mixed- Silver|
|2015||BISFed Americas Team/Pairs in Montreal- Pairs BC4- Gold|
|2014||BISFed Montreal World Open- Individual BC4- Gold|
|2014||BISFed Povoa World Open- Individual BC4- Gold|
|2012||London Paralympic Games- Pairs Mixed BC4- Bronze|
|2011||Guadalajara Parapan Ams- Individual BC4 Open- Silver|