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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 MetreOutdoor15.96Indy International / Fast CowIndianapolis2016-06-04
200 MetreOutdoor27.85Canadian Track & Field Championships / Olympic & Paralympic Trials 2016Edmonton2016-07-09
400 MetreOutdoor53.96IPC Athletics Grand Prix - NottwilNottwil2016-05-27
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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  • Congratulations to Andre @De6rasse, he is Athletics Canada’s Jack W. Davis Award winner / Overall Athlete of the Year. Andre became the first 🇨🇦 track & field athlete since Phil Edwards in 1932 to win 3 medals at a single Olympic Games. 100m 🥉, 200m 🥈, 4x100m Relay 🥉
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  • The winner of the Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy/Athletics Canada Outstanding Performance of the Year is Derek Drouin at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Drouin won Olympic 🥇 in commanding fashion with first attempt clearances up to the winning height of 2.38 metres.
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Andre De Grasse @de6rasse runs a leg of the 4x200m at the Mt. SAC Relays.
  • The winner of the Chantal Petitclerc Award / 2016 @AthleticsCanada Wheelchair Athlete of the Year is Michelle Stilwell. Michelle won🥇in both the T52 100-metres & 400-metres at the 2016 Paralympic Games.
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@ndsifuentes wins the #BAA Mile!
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