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Austin Smeenk

Birthdate : 24 February 1997

Birthplace : Canada

Hometown : Oakville

Language : English

Provincial affiliation : Athletics Ontario

Club : Cruisers Sports For The Physically Disabled

Coach : John Allan


Austin Smeenk was born with spastic paraplegia, a hereditary disease that causes progressive stiffness and contraction in the lower limbs. He’s able to walk short distances, ride a bicycle to go further distances and stand-up snowboard. He has participated in many other sports, including sailing and sledge hockey. But now wheelchair racing is his calling.

Smeenk says having a disability shouldn’t deny anyone from playing sports or doing chores. He says there just needs to be an openness to trying and doing things differently.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2013 and 2015 IPC World Championships

PERSONAL

Studying electromechanical engineering technology…In 2014 he was presented with the Outstanding Male Track Events Performance of the Year Award by Athletics Ontario in Canada.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2015 IPC World Championships 400m 11th
2013 IPC World Championships 100m 8th
2013 IPC World Championships 200m 7th
2013 IPC World Championships 400m 6th
2013 IPC World Championships 800m 8th

Event 
Season 
Mark 
Meet 
Location 
Date 
100 MetreOutdoor15.94Desert ChallengeTempe2017-05-13
200 MetreOutdoor27.71Desert ChallengeTempe2017-05-13
400 MetreOutdoor52.20Desert ChallengeTempe2017-05-13
800 MetreOutdoor1:45.72Desert ChallengeTempe2016-05-14
1500 MetreOutdoor4:06.03Cruisers Track & Field MeetMississauga2013-05-12
10 kmRoad27:58.20GIO Oz Day 10kSydney2015-01-26

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We did it again!! Back to Back competitions... 🚨NEW CANADIAN RECORD🚨 Heres my 5th round 18.58m PB. Huge thanks to @arizonathrows for hosting two awesome competitions and to @EverythingTF for providing me with a new shot to continue to throw far! @athleticscanada @richard_parkinson33 @globalthrowing @athleticsont #teamcanada🇨🇦 #shotput #throwernation #trusttheprocess #MFathletics #globalthrowing #unsigned #nobrand
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I'm not sure if you could tell from yesterday's caption, but I was trying very hard to play it cool. In reality, not only am I extremely uncool but it turns out that the result of the race meant so much to me that I made this face when I crossed the finish line 😝
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I'm very grateful to get the win and the IAAF World Championship standard! Thank you to @usatf for putting on another great meet and also to the state of California for existing.
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🚨NEW CANADIAN RECORD🚨 Heres my 18.47m PB tonight at the Tucson Elite Classic! Now #10 in the World... Round #2 on Saturday! #shotput #teamcanada🇨🇦 #throwsnation #throwersunite #roadtolondon #trusttheprocess @athleticscanada @athleticsont @globalthrowing @richard_parkinson33
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Race day tomorrow with the Canadian boys here in Lima, Peru for the PanAm Racewalk Cup!! LET'S GET EM 💪😎🍁🏃
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Canadian sprinters Brendon Rodney (@buckkyjr) & Aaron Brown (@kingsleysc) will race against each other in the men's 200 metres at Shanghai Diamond League. You can stream the race live beginning at 7am Saturday on cbcsports.ca Post a 👟 if you'll be watching!
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