14 Sep 2015

Big team named for Doha IPC Athletics World Championships

Big team named for Doha IPC Athletics World Championships

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Above: Holly Robinson in action at the 2015 NZ Track & Field Championship (Photo by Alan McDonald Macspeedfoto)

A team of eight athletes has been named by Athletics New Zealand for the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar next month.

The Doha team will be the biggest and strongest team of Para-Athletes team sent away to an IPC Athletics World Championship for some time, with four athletes ranked in the top five of their classifications for their event, and the same size as the team that competed at the 2011 championships when they were hosted in Christchurch.

The team reflects the current strength of Para-Athletics in New Zealand with sprinting, jumping and throwing events covered by the team in a variety of classifications.

Two athletes who last represented New Zealand at an IPC Athletics World Championship event have made the team, javelin throwers Holly Robinson (F46) and Rory McSweeney (F44), who competed two years ago in Lyon, France at the 2013 world championships.

Robinson returned from Lyon with a silver medal in the javelin and although she is throwing further than ever, is ranked third in the world this season. She has also added long jumping to her repertoire.

McSweeney has continued to improve, is now throwing over 50 metres and has a world ranking of fifth in his merged classification.

Coming back into the sport after a break since the Christchurch 2011 World Championships is Jess Hamill in the F34 shot put. Hamill won silver at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and her experience will be welcomed by the team.

Newcomers to major international events, sprinters Anna Grimaldi (T47), Liam Malone (T43), Will O’Neill (T35), and William Stedman (T35) all make the team with 18 year old Grimaldi and Stedman also competing in Long Jump.

Caitlin Dore competes in the F37 Javelin, Shot Put and Discus.

Athletics New Zealand’s High Performance Para-Athlete Manager, Raylene Bates attributes the big team size to the Para-Athletics Development programme that has been in place for several years, identifying athletes at Secondary Schools level and putting support structures in place around them, and for the integration of the Para-Athlete and able bodied high performance and competition programmes.

Highly respected as a Para-Athletics administrator and coach, Bates will manage the team while Jonathan Black has been appointed coach and Helen Littleworth fills the physiotherapist role.

The team assembles on 25 September for a camp in Dunedin that will include heat simulation preparation and two competitions. They depart on 6 October for 10 days training in Darwin, preparing for temperatures in Doha of around 32 - 36 degrees and arrive in Doha 16 October for the championships which run from 22 - 31 October.

Rory McSweeney
 Otago F44 Javelin
Liam Malone
 Tasman T43 100m, 200m 
Will O'Neill
 Canberra T35 100m, 200m 
William Stedman
 Canterbury T36 200m, 400m, Long Jump
Caitlin Dore
 Canterbury F37 Shot Put, Discus, Javelin
Anna Grimaldi
 Otago T47 100m, 200m, 400m, Long Jump
Jessica Hamill
 Otago F34 Shot Put
Holly Robinson  Otago T46 Long Jump, F46 Javelin

Doha 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships

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