Triple European Champion
Sam is a 27 year old Dinghy sailor, based in Essex. Young, Dynamic and hard working, he has achieved repeated success on the International Stage, through dedication, hard work and a willingness to go that extra inch.
His career started at a young age, when his parents got him involved in sailing. At the age of 18 Sam became the first and to date, the only British sailor to win the prestigious 420 Junior European Championships in Holland. Sam joined the Olympic Development pathway in the 470 class, quickly advancing, and showing his athleticism and raw talent as part of the youngest performing team.
Sam then chose to postpone his Olympic ambitions to complete his university course. He changed classes of boat to the Fireball class, which is the highest performing class outside of the Olympic Games and dedicated himself to performing against the best. Three years after his first European success, Sam went on to win the 2010 Fireball European Championships by a huge margin. In 2011 Sam won his first ever National title, in the Enterprise class, along with a host of Silvers, Silver at the World Championships and Silver in the Fireball National Championships.
At the beginning of 2012 Sam travelled to Australia for the 2012 Fireball World Championships. Competing against the Australian’s in their own back yard, Sam went on to win the nail biting event, becoming the World Champion and so holding the 2 biggest titles (the European and World titles) simultaneously.
After a year campaigning the Nacra 17 towards the Rio Oympic Games, Sam injured his back and had to once again step away. During his rehabilitation, Sam turned back to the fireball winning another silver medal, before winning his second world title in 2014. After this Sam returned to the 470 class where he was selected to represent Great Britain at the ISAF World Championships, unfortunatley narrowly missing out on the gold fleet split.
In 2015 Sam attempted to retain the fireball world title, missing out on doing so in a hugely small margin in one of the msot exciting championships he has taken part in, turning his focus tot he 470 yet again, Sam travelled to Palma in early 2016 where he made the gold fleet split and finishing snd British boat, before also being the second British team at the European Championships.
Having missed the Rio 2016 selection, Sam is now managing his athelte management comapny (www.metisathlete.com) and looking ahead to other international competitions....
Sam knows how important it is to give back to sport, and help motivate, inspire and support the next generation of young athletes. Working with Sport England, Dame Kelly Holmes and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, Sam is dedicated to maximising his time away from sailing to create and support opportunities for young people to be involved in sport.