Kymberly Martin
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Aussie athletes head to Copenhagen for Frame Running camp

Six athletes from Australia will be attending Frame Running Development Camp and CPISRA International Cup 2022 in Copenhagen, Demark from July 10-17. The Australians will join 176 athletes from 17 countries for the 25th Anniversary of the event that includes a week of training, social activities and competitions for those in the international Race Running community.

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These Para Athletes are aged from 13 to 55 years, have a physical disability with impaired balance. Frame Running, previously known as race running, is a HSN sport for people with cerebral palsy, arthritis and amputees. It gives people with disability who otherwise can only get around in an electric wheelchair, manual wheelchair or walker, the ability to move by themselves. With a running frame, people with heavy disabilities can experience the freedom of running. 

After three days of training, coaching, networking and international frame running classification, the athletes compete over two days in three World Para athletics classifications (RR1-RR3) for athletics track distances of 40m, 60m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m. World records will be tested, and competition medals awarded for the RR1-RR3 athletes based on standard athletics age groups. 

“This is the 3rd time since 2018 that Australia has participated in the international camp and cup and we have six excellent athletes representing Australia and their home state,” RaceRunning Australia chair, Richard Keith told F2L. Athletes are Thomas Mattinson (13) Adelaide; Arran Keith (13) Sydney; Isabella Auld (17) Gold Coast; Maz Strong (51) Melbourne; Kim Neuenkirchen (45) Sydney and Malcolm Wilson (55) from Brisbane.

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“For Arran, (pictured) this is his third time at the event, however it’s the first time for the rest of the team. We are so pumped and ready to get over to Copenhagen, meet fellow frame running athletes and their communities and enjoy a great vibe and competition,” he said. “Since it started in Australia in 2017, there are now over 450 people regularly frame running nationally and it is game changer for people to enjoy running with mates and in a tribe.”

The event, which will be live streamed, consists of three competitions running simultaneously, to offer all participants of all ages and classification groups the chance to compete.

Family company Dejay Medical has partnered with Frame Running Australia and is hosting its first Camp & Cup at the University of Queensland UQ Sport Athletics Centre in Brisbane from September 30 – October 2.  Dejay is meeting with the organisers of the International Camp & Cup in Denmark to invite international competitors to Australia.

Dejay distributes several brands of Frame Runners and are supporting the establishment of local clubs with first loan frames and discounted frames.