Sam selected for World Champs

Sunday 27th September 2015

A grand total of 45 track and field athletes were selected last week by British Athletics to compete in the fast approaching 2015 IPC World Championships in Doha. It may be his third senior level call up for Great Britain but Sam will this time make his world debut in the F35 Shot Put, an event in which he finished 5th at the 2014 European Championships.

With the final curtain call for this season on the Qatari horizon, Sam is excited to go head-to-head with the best in the world. Pensive yet optimistic, he said, “Last season was a fantastic stepping stone, we have worked extremely hard and it hasn’t been easy to progress but we now stand firmly in the world’s top three, I can’t believe we’re in this position before these Championships.” It will certainly be an exciting end to a long campaign for the Rugby born and bred athlete, who hopes to continue his rise to the top of elite Paralympic athletics with Rio 2016 now less than twelve months away.

Noting the crucial role played by others in his quest for a World Championship medal, he said, “All credit must to go to the team in my corner, my coaches, Jim and Tim, British Athletics Futures and my family, without their support and guidance, I wouldn’t be in a position to hopefully return from Doha with some hardware. I have prepared as best as I can to perform and now it’s time to return on their investment in me.”

The current European Champion, Alexander El’min of Russia, who extended his own lifetime best from 12.90m to 14.27m this season, is the favourite to take the gold but Sam believes that anything is possible on the day. “We’ve competed against each other before and it was hard to match his power and technique in Swansea but I’m a different athlete now, I have a lot more experience compared to last year. Nonetheless, I recognise greatness when I see it; he too is surpassing himself this season. He has indeed set the standard high in this event but I’m ready for the challenge.”

The F35 Shot Put final is the first event to take place on day five of the IPC World Championships and will begin at 0930 local time on the 25th October. Live coverage will be provided by Channel 4 and online via the International Paralympic Committee website.

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