Donna Smith (athlete)

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Donna Smith
Donna Smith throwing javelin, Barcelona 1992 Paralympics.jpg
Donna Smith throwing a Javelin at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics
Personal information
Full name Donna Maree Philp (née Smith)
Nationality  Australia
Born 28 June 1965
Brisbane
Died 22 May 1999(1999-05-22) (aged 33)

Donna Maree Philp (née Smith), OAM[1] (28 June 1965 – 22 May 1999)[2][3] was an Australian Paralympic athlete and wheelchair basketballer, who won six medals at four Paralympics.

Biography[edit]

Born in Brisbane,[2] Smith was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of thirteen, and one of her legs was amputated above the knee.[3]

At the 1984 New York/Stoke Mandeville Paralympics, she won a gold medal in the Women's Javelin A2 event, a silver medal in the Women's Shot Put A2 event, and a bronze medal in the Women's Discus A2 event.[4] She won a silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Paralympics in the Women's Javelin A6A8A9L6 event.[4] At the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics, she won a gold medal in the Women's Javelin THS2 event, for which she received a Medal of the Order of Australia,[1] and a silver medal in the Women's Shot Put THS2 event.[4]

She then married Tom Philp, and was part of the Australia women's national wheelchair basketball team at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics.[3][5] The couple's son was 10 months old when, while playing wheelchair basketball on 22 May 1999, she died of a heart attack at the age of 33.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Smith, Donna Maree". It's an Honour. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Australians at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics: Wheelchair Basketballers". Australian Sports Commission. Archived from the original on 20 January 2000. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Son cycles in his mum's memory". Warrick News. 15 April 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Athlete Search Results: Donna Philp". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 2 May 2012.