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WELDON Robbi
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Para-Cycling
NPC Canada   
GenderWomen
Age43
Place of BirthThunder Bay, CAN
Height1.67 m
Weight 65 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B2
Guide
Audrey Lemieux
Further Personal Information
Family
Daughter Keegan, son Alexander
Residence
Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up para-cycling in 2010.
Why this sport?
After competing at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver she followed up on an invitation from a national cycling coach to try out for the tandem cycling team. "I was 35 and I was up for the challenge, but I told Cycling Canada to be honest with me, if I have talent. I did the tests at a week-long training camp. They told me I had great potential."
Name of coach
Sebastien Travers [national], CAN
General Interest
Nicknames
Thunder (paralympic.ca, 26 Apr 2012)
Hobbies
Hiking, camping, water activities. (paralympic.ca, Sep 2016)
Injuries
In August 2013 she broke her collarbone, shoulder blade and five vertebrae after being hit by a car while on a training ride with pilot Emilie Roy in Matane, QC, Canada. (paralympic.ca, Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named 2011 Female Athlete with an Impairment of the Year in Ontario, Canada. (mtc.gov.on.ca, 2011)

She and guide Lyne Bessette were named as Canada's flag bearers for the closing ceremony of the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. (paralympic.ca, Sep 2016)
Other sports
She competed in cross-country skiing and biathlon at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and in road cycling and track cycling at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She set national and world records in powerlifting in the 1990s. (paralympic.ca, Sep 2016)
Impairment
At age 15 she was diagnosed with Stargardt's disease, a genetic form of macular degeneration affecting central vision. (paralympic.ca, Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Road World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
2 2010 Tandem B - Time Trial 35:06
1 2010 Tandem B - Road Race 2:18:32
1 2011 Tandem B - Time Trial 43:24
5 2011 Tandem B - Road Race 2:00:31
5 2014 Tandem B - Time Trial 36:42
9 2014 Tandem B - Road Race 2:08:32
8 2015 Tandem B - Time Trial 55:56
9 2015 Tandem B - Road Race 2:29:28
Track World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
8 2012 Tandem B - 3km Pursuit  
10 2012 Tandem B - 1000m Time Trial 1:15.618
7 2012 Tandem B - Sprint  
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
6 2010 3km Pursuit - Visually Impaired 14:19.7
9 2010 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 50:59.2
Paralympic Games - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
7 2012 Tandem B - 3km Pursuit  
4 2012 Tandem B - Time Trial 35:47.94
1 2012 Tandem B - Road Race 2:08.26 
7 2016 Tandem B - Time Trial 41:38.98
5 2016 Tandem B - Road Race 2:01.16
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
5 2008/2009 3.6km Pursuit - Visually Impaired  
6 2008/2009 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 52:58.9
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
10 2008/2009 15km Classic Style B1-3 1:00:32.6
4 2008/2009 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 27:11.4
7 2008/2009 5km Freestyle B1-3 17:53.9
10 2008/2009 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired