Birthdate : 24 February 1997
Birthplace : Canada
Hometown : Oakville
Language : English
Provincial affiliation : Athletics Ontario
Club : Unattached Ontario
Coach : Ken Hall
Event specialization : Sprints, Middle Distance
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.
2013 and 2015 IPC World Championships
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
|100 Metre||Outdoor||15.57||LA-SM Rollstuhlsport Arbon||Arbon||2017-05-28|
|200 Metre||Outdoor||27.71||Desert Challenge||Tempe||2017-05-13|
|400 Metre||Outdoor||52.10||LA-SM Rollstuhlsport Arbon||Arbon||2017-05-28|
|800 Metre||Outdoor||1:43.77||Daniela Jutzeler Memorial||Arbon||2017-05-25|
|1500 Metre||Outdoor||3:40.32||Ian Hume Invitation||Sherbrooke||2017-06-18|
|10 km||Road||27:58.20||GIO Oz Day 10k||Sydney||2015-01-26|