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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 
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Date 
100 MetreOutdoor15.57LA-SM Rollstuhlsport ArbonArbon2017-05-28
200 MetreOutdoor27.71Desert ChallengeTempe2017-05-13
400 MetreOutdoor52.10LA-SM Rollstuhlsport ArbonArbon2017-05-28
800 MetreOutdoor1:43.77Daniela Jutzeler MemorialArbon2017-05-25
1500 MetreOutdoor3:40.32Ian Hume InvitationSherbrooke2017-06-18
10 kmRoad27:58.20GIO Oz Day 10kSydney2015-01-26

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