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Sam Rizzo (VIC)

DOB: 03 Aug 2000 Age: 
ATHLETE profile

Event: 1500m
Coach: Richard Coleman
Classification: T54
Occupation: Student

Personal Bests
Event: 1500m – 3.08.35 – Canberra AUS, 20 Jan 2018

After meeting Richard Colmane at the age of eight and then watching him later that year win gold in the 2008 Paralympics, Sam knew that is what he wanted to do. “I then started wheelchair athletics in 2012 after the Colmane`s got in contact with me. I loved it from the first time I got in a race chair on the track, I never turned back since.”

He made his international championships debut in 2017 at the World Para Junior Championships in Switzerland. He claimed bronze medals in each of the T54 wheelchair 100m, T54 wheelchair 800m and T54 wheelchair 1500m events and was also the team flagbearer.

Sam is a year 11 high school student. His hero is his coach Richard Coleman “He is so committed to the sport. He has achieved a lot within the sport. He has been my coach and mentor since the beginning. He gives me tips and strategies to help, but it means more because he has been through it all.”

He also likes to play wheelchair basketball and outside of sport his hobbies include film and playing the base guitar. His heroes are three wheelchair racing greats Kurt Fearnley, Richard Coleman and Marcel Hug.

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Athletics House
Level 2, 31 Aughtie Drive
Albert Park  VIC 3206

P +61 3 8646 4550
F +61 3 8646 4560