Sam was chosen to be part of the 12-athlete strong Para-athletics Australian team as a result of his impressive performances in 2016/17, including: winning the Great Ocean road marathon wheelchair section; winning five medals at the 2017 Victorian senior athletics championships (2 gold and 3 silver). Sam also set a new Australian record for T54 under 18s men 800m, whilst also winning the U/18 men 10km Summer down under race and finished 13th overall in the open field which included international competitors.
Sam is a T54 Classification Wheelchair sprint athlete, regularly competing in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m events. A T54 athlete has muscle weakness, limb deficiency of joint restrictions and competes in a wheelchair, however they have normal arm strength.
Sam is supported locally by FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport, joining there in mid-2015 and has going from strength to strength. This support focuses on weekly strength and conditioning sessions in the UniSports gym and ongoing mentoring and personal development across a range of topics. WestVic works closely with Sam's coach, three-time Paralympian Richard Colman, to provide Sam with the resources and specialist services he needs to help him succeed.
WestVic Academy of Sport currently supports 140 athletes across 20 sports; all of whom access services such as: specialist coaching; weekly strength and conditioning; sport science opportunities; sport psychology, nutrition and other personal development; plus athlete mentoring. In 2016, 52 of the 125 athletes supported by WestVic competed at National level or equivalent in their sport. For further information, please contact Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward on 0417 044 419.