Ottobock ambassador

Lucas Diaz

A motorcycle accident at age 19 resulted in paraplegia.

The adventure of being a canoe paddler

After the accident and the rehabilitation process, it took him a while to return to do sports.

In 2014 he accompanied Agustin Facio, a friend and passionate canoeist, to his training sessions. He was introduced to the coach Santy Casey and that is when his adventure of being a para canoeist started. Now, he competes in the KL1 Class, which is for Para canoe paddlers who have very limited or no trunk function and no leg function.

“Life give you obstacles, but who put the limits are ourselves!”

Lucas Diaz, Para canoeist and Ottobock ambassador

Ottobock ambassador Lucas Diaz

Improving the results is what he wants

In 2015 he won his first World Cup bronze medal in Duisburg, Germany. He qualified for the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and placed sixth.

In the 2019 Para canoe World Championships in Szeged, Hungary, he finished on 9th place for the men's KL1 200m. At the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, he wants to improve his result from Rio2016.

Key facts

  • Nation: Argentina
  • Year of birth: 1980
  • Sport: Para Canoe
  • Classification: KL1
  • Coach: Alejandro Driuzuk
  • Club: Estudiantes de Olavarria

Victories and achievements

  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016:
    • 6th place on 200 m
  • Para Canoe World Cup, Szeged 2019:
    • 9th place on 200 m
  • Para Canoe World Cup, Duisburg 2015:
    • Gold medal on 200 m

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