The stage is set for the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha (QAT) and our Australian Flame are ready to take on the best Para-athletes from across the globe.
Set to compete across ten days of athletics action at the Suhein bin Hamad Stadium, the same venue that hosts the first round of the IAAF Diamond League each year, the green and gold team of 48 boasts reigning world champion Scott Reardon (ACT), Glasgow 2014 medallists Jodi Elkington (NSW), Angela Ballard (NSW) and Kurt Fearnley (NSW) and Athletics Australia Para-Athlete of the Year Michael Roeger (SA).
An impressive contingent of up and coming talent is also included, with Erin Cleaver (NSW), Brianna Coop (Qld), Kobie Donovan (Qld), Isis Holt (Vic), Isabelle Hampton (NSW), Claire Keefer (Qld), Sarah Walsh (NSW), Alberto Campbell (Qld), Jarryd Clifford (Vic), Tim Foster (NSW) and Jesse Wyatt (Vic) all to compete on the world stage for the first time.
At the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, the Australian Flame won 30 medals to place 4th overall on the tally of total medals won. Heading home with four gold, 11 silver and 15 bronze, the performance then exceeded the 27 medals won in the athletics stadium at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
48 The Australian Flame team size; the second biggest ever to compete at an IPC Athletics World Championships
14 The age of Isis Holt (Vic), the youngest member of the Australian Flame team. She is the world record holder for the T35 100m and 200m for athletes with cerebral palsy
11 The number of athletes making their Australian Flame debut at the IPC Athletics World Championships this year
7 The number of times that Russell Short (Vic) has competed for Australia at the IPC Athletics World Championships. He has placed 4th or better in the F12/13 visually impaired shot put since the championships begun in 1994.
6 The number of times Angela Ballard (NSW) has competed for Australia at the IPC Athletics World Championships. Her international resume includes also includes four starts at the Paralympic Games and two at the Commonwealth Games.
6 The number of Australian Flame team staff who have also competed at either an Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, IPC Athletics World Championships or Commonwealth Games.
5 The number of medals won by Kurt Fearnley (NSW) at the IPC Athletics World Championships. He will compete in the T54 wheelchair 5000m.
IPC ATHLETICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
2017 The next time the IPC Athletics World Championships will be held. London (GBR) will host and they will take place immediately after the conclusion of the IAAF World Championships.
1300+ The anticipated number of athletes that will compete at the IPC Athletics World Championships
100+ The projected number of countries that will compete at the IPC Athletics World Championships
10 The number of days of competition at the IPC Athletics World Championships
7 This is the seventh edition of the IPC Athletics World Championships, first held in 1994 and most recently held in Lyon (FRA) in 2013.
6 The placing of Christie Dawes (NSW) in the women’s marathon at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships. Hosted as part of the London Marathon earlier this year, Dawes clocked 1:57:20.
By Athletics Australia