Vance heads to World Championship competition

VanceHouston native, Shaquille Vance, left Monday for Lyon, France, to take part in the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships.

Vance lost his right leg at the knee in 2009 and began training for and competing in Athletic events in 2010.
The World Championships is the first major internationl Athletics event following the 2012 London Paralympic Games in which Vance also competed, placing second and earning a silver medal in the men’s 200m race.
Vance began the 100m race but suffered an injured hamstring and placed eighth.
Following rehab for his injury, he started back into competitive running this year. He participated in three events to qualify for the IPC World Championships.
Vance is a member of Team USA but had to qualify independently to earn a spot on the team.
He participated in the Endeavor Games at the University of Oklahoma where he placed first in the 100m.
Then on to the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif., where he took first place in the 100m and 200m races.
After suffering another injury and setback in Arizona, Vance had another period of recovery.
“In Arizona, I was on the track and my foot flew off and I busted my stump open,” Vance said.
The delay forced him to compete at the National Trials in San Antonio, Texas, to make the team.
“They (coaches) really didn’t want me to run (following the latest injury),” Vance said. “I decided I would just run one heat and whatever time I got, that’s what I got. If someone beat my time, then they did.”
At the conclusion of the trials, Vance had the fastest qualifying times in both the 100m and 200m races.
“I only had three meets, but they were great meets,” Vance said.
He will compete this week in France, then head immediately to England for a rematch with Richard Whitehead. Whitehead, a double-amputee, took top honors in the 2012 Paralymic Games 200m meter race with Vance coming in second. The interest in the rematch has been so great, organizers have already sold-out an 80,000-person stadium for the event.
For more on Vance’s performance at the World Championships, and his plans for the future, see the July 24 edition of the Chickasaw Journal.