At Rio 2016 Sam represented ParalympicsGB for the third consecutive Games.
Sam was inspired to take up judo in his early twenties by his brother Joe who also competed at London 2012. He burst onto the international scene at the 2007 European Championships in Belgrade.
He made his Paralympic debut at Beijing 2008 where he claimed bronze, and at London 2012 he secured silver in the -90kg class, helping ParalympicsGB to secure their best medal haul in the sport since 1996.
Sam lost his opening fight in the -90kg class to Cuba’s Jorge Hierrezuelo, a rematch of the London 2012 Paralympic final. He fought well in the subsequent repechages but went down to American Dartanyon Crockett in a fight for the last step on the podium.
In the Rio cycle Sam was based at the JudoScotland National Training Centre in Ratho where he trained alongside a number of GB’s top Olympic judoka and could access top quality sparring partners and international standard coaching.
Sam is the most decorated athlete on the British Judo Paralympic programme and is an inspiration for the younger athletes on the team.
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