Biography

Sam is a Paralympic track & field athlete for Great Britain and Northern Ireland, who made his international debut at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Sam is profoundly affected by cerebral palsy, specifically spastic diplegia, impacting balance, coordination and flexibility in various muscles across the lower body.

He was a keen sportsman late into his teens, often playing football, basketball and rugby. It was however at Loughborough University that he started to play American football. In December 2011, Sam was spotted by a sprints coach, Joe McDonnell, whilst Sam was taking part in the team’s sprint drills. Sam ran his first races in April 2012 before being internationally classified, as his times improved through May till July until his selection to the Great Britain Paralympic team.

In his Paralympic debut in London, Sam ran a time of 13.92 in the T35 100m heats which left him only 0.600 seconds short of the final. Five days later, he returned to the Olympic Stadium in the T35 200m heats to run a new personal best of 28.75.

During the 2013-2014 season, he juggled events, competing at the 2013 IPC World Championships in to switch from track to field permanently for the 2015 season, to further his development in the lead up to the 2016 Paralympic Games and beyond towards Tokyo 2020.

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