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Lion Peter Smith Presents Medals on the final day of the 2017 World ParaAthletics Championships 14th – 23rd July

Lion Peter Smith Presents Medals on the final day of the 2017 World ParaAthletics Championships 14th – 23rd July
London Stadium Safety Officer – Lion Peter Smith Presents Medals on the final day of the 2017
World ParaAthletics Championships 14th – 23rd July
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - London

As the London Stadium (former Olympic Stadium) safety officer Peter Smith was responsible for the safety and wellbeing of everyone that came into the stadium, and during the World Para Athletics Championships and the World Athletics Championships that amounted to around 1 million people to the stadium, including nearly 50,000 children to the Para athletics Championships on two special “Schools Days”.  

Peter has worked on international multi sports events such as the Commonwealth Games (Glasgow) and European Games (Baku) Azerbaijan and as a memento normally tries to get a photo of the events medals, but on this occasion when Peter asked the organisation if it would be possible, the London 2017 organising committee were kind enough to offer him the opportunity to present the medals instead, which of course he readily agreed to. 


Lion Peter Smith was invited to present medals for three events on the final day of the World Para Athletics on 23rd July 2017 at the London Stadium


Peter Smith presenting medals for Women’s 800m T11 Final. Gold went to Castaneda Coraza (Mexico); Silver to Joanna Mazur (Poland) and Bronze to Buitrago Arango (Colombia)


Silver Medal Winner Joanna Mazur (Poland) with helper Michal Stawicki



Peter Smith presents the Silver Medal for the Men’s 800m to Abdellatif Baka (Algeria), his brother Fouad won the Gold.


Peter Smith presenting Johannes Floors (Germany) with Gold Medal for winning the Men’s 200m Final


Peter Smith presenting Hunter Woodhall  (USA) with Silver Medal for winning the Men’s 200m Final


Peter Smith presenting Nick Rogers (USA) with Bronze Medal for winning the Men’s 200m Final


Lion Peter Smith displaying his Lions badge alongside the World Para Athletics Badge. Peter said “it was a great privilege and very humbling to be invited to present the medals”

The first Para athletics competitions was held in 1952 when wheelchair racing was part of the Stoke Mandeville Games which were organised for World War II veterans. It was one of eight sports included at the first Paralympic Games in 1960 which were held in Rome, Italy.

Over the next 20 years, additional impairment groups were added to Paralympic competition and today the sport is practiced by athletes in over 120 countries making it the most widely practiced Paralympic Sport.


Athletics has been part of the Paralympic Games since 1960 and always attracts the largest number of spectators. The sport offers a wide range of competitions and events and is open to male and female athletes in all impairment groups.

Athletes compete according to their functional classification in each event. Some compete in wheelchairs and some with prostheses, while those who are visually impaired receive guidance from a sighted guide.

Para athletics is governed by the IPC and co-ordinated by the World Para Athletics Sports Technical Committee.

In 2016, the sport was renamed from IPC Athletics to Para athletics and the International Federation was renamed to World Para Athletics.

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