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.
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||15.96||Indy International / Fast Cow||Indianapolis||2016-06-04|
|200 Metre||Outdoor||27.85||Canadian Track & Field Championships / Olympic & Paralympic Trials 2016||Edmonton||2016-07-09|
|400 Metre||Outdoor||53.96||IPC Athletics Grand Prix - Nottwil||Nottwil||2016-05-27|
|800 Metre||Outdoor||1:45.72||Desert Challenge||Tempe||2016-05-14|
|1500 Metre||Outdoor||4:06.03||Cruisers Track & Field Meet||Mississauga||2013-05-12|
|10 km||Road||27:58.20||GIO Oz Day 10k||Sydney||2015-01-26|