International Paralympic Commitee World Athletics Championships

July 12, 2002 - Three of British Columbia's top wheelchair athletes will be representing Canada in the IPC World Athletics Championships in Lille-Villeneuve d'Ascq, France from July 20th to 28th.

Kelly Smith (Vancouver) - Member of the 2000 Paralympic Team in Sydney, Australia; Canadian Record holder in the 10,000m.

Karen March (Mill Bay) - Top T52 Female in the WC Race Series, 7th overall; Top T52 Female in the Western Canada Race Series.

David Hanson (Maple Ridge) - Member Roosevelt Cup Team 2001, representing Canada; Top T52 Male in the WC Race Series, 6th overall; Top T52 Male in the Western Canada Race Series.

Kelly Smith will compete in the 800, 1500m, 5000m, and the Marathon; Karen March in the 100m and the 400m; and Dave Hanson in the Marathon

The IPC World Athletics Championships bring together the very best of the world's athletes with a disability for an intense 9-day competition. Events include track and road racing, high jump, long jump, shotput, javelin and discus.

To find out more about the IPC World Athletics Championships, check their website www.handisport2002.com

For more information, contact:

Gail Hamamoto Doré
Director of Sport Development
BC Wheelchair Sports Association
Phone: 604.737.3195
Email: gail@bcwheelchairsports.com