7299-Sam Craven photo


Impairment information

T34, F34

Further personal information

English, Italian, Spanish
Higher education
Diablo Valley College: Pleasant Hill, CA, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 14.
Why this sport?
He chose the sport as he believed it gave him the best opportunity to compete at international level. "I like the camaraderie and friendship. I can get better and better and be part of a team."

International debut

Competing for
United States
World Championships
Christchurch, NZL

General interest

Sam, Big Sam, Big Hurt ["On my junior varsity wheelchair basketball team, there were two Sams, and I was bigger. They also called me the 'Big Hurt' because I could really hurt the other team and they would get hurt if they tried to stop me"]. (Facebook profile, 16 Mar 2015; Athlete, 16 Dec 2010)
Playing computer games, basketball. (Facebook profile, 16 Mar 2015)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Jeff Pollock and Tim Orr. (Athlete, 16 Dec 2010)
Hero / Idol
US wheelchair basketball players Trooper Johnson and Brad Johnson. (Athlete, 16 Dec 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Let's roll." (Athlete, 16 Dec 2010)
Awards and honours
He received the 2007 Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports USA Male Spirit of Excellence Award for field [athletics]. (, 20 Nov 2012)
Other sports
He has competed in wheelchair basketball at national level in the United States of America. (Athlete, 16 Dec 2010)
Famous relatives
His father and his brother Brad played basketball at university level in the United States of America. (Athlete, 16 Dec 2010)
Other information
He has served as an assistant coach at the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program in California, United States of America. The non-profit organisation works to improve the health, independence and social integration of people with an impairment through sports, fitness and recreation. (Facebook profile, 16 Mar 2015)


Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F34 Final 2011-01-22 5
Men's Discus Throw F32-34 Final 2011-01-24 16
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F34 Final 1 2013-07-25 9
Men's Discus Throw F32-34 Final 1 2013-07-27 14