Marco Dispaltro

Birthdate: August 2, 1967
Hometown: Montreal, QC
Residence: St-Jerome, QC
Class: BC4

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

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