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Tristan Smyth

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Residence
Vancouver, BC, CAN
Languages
English, German, Japanese
Higher education
Forestry Studies - British Columbia Institute of Technology: Burnaby, BC, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
In 2011 he took up wheelchair sports during a rehabilitation course at the GF Strong Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Why this sport?
He originally played wheelchair basketball, but later decided to focus on Para athletics.
Name of coach
Jennifer Schultz

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
Pan American Games
Location
Toronto, ON, CAN

General interest

Most influential person in career
His family. (mrtimes.com, 18 Aug 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It never gets easier, you just go faster." [Greg LeMond] (Facebook page, 09 Aug 2019)
Impairment
In January 2011 he crashed into a parked car while he was skateboarding. His injuries resulted in incomplete paraplegia. (csipacific.ca, 01 Apr 2016; paralympic.ca, 15 Aug 2015; mrtimes.com, 18 Aug 2011)
Other information
PREVIOUS OCCUPATION
Before his accident he worked as a forestry technician in British Columbia, Canada. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Oct 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-23 26
Men's 5000 m T54 Heat 3 2015-10-25 20
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 2016-09-12 8
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Heat 1 2016-09-16 3
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Final Round 2016-09-17 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 2017-07-16 25
Men's 800 m T54 Heat 1 2017-07-17 20
Men's 5000 m T54 Heat 2 2017-07-22 9
Men's 5000 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-23 8