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Sam McIntosh



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Athlete, Motivational Speaker

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing at age 19 in Geelong, VIC, Australia.
Why this sport?
After his rehabilitation he was considering playing wheelchair rugby. However, he met Paralympic gold medallist Richard Coleman's mother Kaye, who encouraged him to try wheelchair racing.
Club / Team
Australian Institute of Sport: Canberra, ACT, AUS
Name of coach
Fred Periac [personal], from 2012
Training Regime
In the morning he does explosive weight training to increase his arm speed, followed by a track session in the afternoon. He trains at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, ACT, Australia, in blocks of several weeks at a time throughout the year.

International debut

Competing for
World Championships
Christchurch, NZL

General interest

Quadzilla (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athletics Australia YouTube channel, 08 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
His family. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
In 2016 he suffered a concussion after he collided with another athlete in the final of the men's T52 100m at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The injury meant he had to withdraw from the men's T52 400m at the Games. (, 25 Sep 2019)

He broke his neck on New Year's Eve in 2011 in an accident on a dance floor while out celebrating with friends. He was unable to race for three months but recovered in time to compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (, 03 Jan 2021;, 01 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination." [Tommy Lasorda] (, 01 Jan 2019)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook page, 24 Aug 2020)
In September 2007 he was involved in a BMX accident while on holiday in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia. His injuries resulted in a broken C6 vertebra in his neck. (, 03 Jan 2021; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other information
In 2012 he co-founded Parallel Sports Inc. in Geelong, VIC, Australia. It is a non-profit organisation that helps people with an impairment participate in community-based sport. "[It] is a way of giving back to the community by sharing a love of sport, the same way that I was exposed to it." (Humans in Geelong Facebook page, 02 May 2019)


Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T52 Final 2011-01-23 6
Men's 100 m T52 Final 2011-01-24 5
Men's 400 m T52 Final 2011-01-27 8
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T52 Heat 1 2012-09-02 5
Men's 200 m T52 Heat 1 2012-09-08 6
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T52 Heat 1 2015-10-27 2
Men's 100 m T52 Final 1 2015-10-27 5
Men's 400 m T52 Heat 2 2015-10-30 11
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T52 Heat 2 2016-09-09 3
Men's 100 m T52 Final Round 2016-09-10 4
Men's 400 m T52 Heat 2 2016-09-12 9999
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T52 Heat 2 2017-07-18 12
Men's 100 m T52 Heat 2 2017-07-22 7
Men's 100 m T52 Final 1 2017-07-22 6