Underneath his fresh face and disarming smile lies a tenacious, humble and extremely focused young athlete.
Overcoming multiple sporting injuries to be where he is today, all of the hard work, pain and relentless practice hasn’t managed to eliminate the glint in Sams eye when he speaks about childhood biking memories.
Having been involved in multiple sports from an early age, he can still recount the colour of his first bike and the mountain trails upon which his love for biking was born.
Receiving nothing but encouragement from his family, Sam joins the ranks of many top athletes who’s families have sacrificed, supported and encouraged them throughout their personal quest for greatness.
When it comes to discussing the challenges of pushing for a place as one of New Zealand’s top athletes, Sam’s perspective reflects his signature combination of tenacity and honesty.
Home Town: Born in Auckland, however currently living and training in Cambridge.
Training Facility: The Avantidrome in Cambridge is Sams training base as a part of the New Zealand High Performance Squad.
National Programme’s: Sam is apart from the National High Performance track Program and has been selected into the New Zealand Olympic team for the 2020 (2021) Tokyo Olympic Games
Study: Sam completed a Bachelor of Business Analysis with a major in Finance.
Sam has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Innovation and
entrepreneurship in 2020 online through Harvard University.
Business Ventures: Founded Athlete Community Link and a discussion series called Tales Of The Top Two Inches in 2020 with fellow team mate and great mate Callum Saunders.
“One of the things I enjoy most about biking is the multifaceted challenge of it, showing up every day as the best possible version of myself both mentally and physically is what keeps the game interesting.”
“No matter what you are striving for, life can get hard at times. The important thing is to surround yourself with good people. People who, even if they don’t understand, will listen and care about your journey. Then just keep pushing for what you’re passionate about!
Sam intends to carry this message with him all the way to Tokyo 2020, one day, one ride, one competition at a time.
While specific to his sporting endeavours, Sams advice resonates with everyone who has ever worked towards something they are passionate about.
“Covid presented the world with a terrible situation but an entirely unique one at the same time. In a year that I thought would be slow it couldn't have been more opposite. It's been my favourite one yet and so many good things have happened this year. I feel lucky to keep working towards gold in Tokyo"