Sam selected for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Thursday 28th July 2016

On the morning of the 26th July, Sam joined fellow Paralympians Dave Henson, Libby Clegg and Kare Adenegan to engage with the media at Deloitte Headquarters in London, as ParalympicsGB officially revealed the British Paralympic track and field delegation in Brazil.

The Charnwood AC athlete has been selected to compete in the Men’s F35 Shot Put, an event in which he debuted at the IPC 2014 European Championships, finishing 5th overall. Two years later, with greater experience under his belt, he joins a team of 54 men and women, including current Paralympic, World and European champions, who will represent Great Britain over 11 days of athletics competition in Rio de Janeiro.

“It is absolutely incredible and sincerely humbling to be chosen by your country, to compete on the biggest stage in your sport”, said Sam, who made his international debut in the T35 100m at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. “I owe this milestone to everyone who’s helped me reach it, family, friends but crucially, my coaches, their investment of time and effort in my development has been phenomenal. My ambition is to repay them and everyone who’s ever assisted us on this journey, by performing to the best of my ability in the final.”

When asked about his chances against the rest of the world, having won his first international medal at this year’s European Championships, Sam was optimistic but typically grounded. “Focusing on whether I can be on the podium would be jumping the gun; I would rather concentrate on what I need to do, to give myself the best chance of being on it. That means doing what we’ve been doing in training, shot put is extremely process driven, if I follow the technical process correctly, who knows how far the shot will go.”

With an impressive record of personal and season’s bests at major championships in the event, Sam is however confident that he will do himself and his support team justice. “Fortunately, I have a psychological advantage of performing well when it matters but again, I owe that to meticulous planning done by the coaches. Technical work in the circle, as well as the strength and conditioning will be tailored accordingly to ensure we’re ready for the Paralympic final. I honestly can’t wait to get out there and cash in on all the hard work we’ve done this season.”

The Men’s F35 Shot Put Final will take place during the evening session on Monday 12th September and will be broadcast live on Channel 4 and More4.

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