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Sam Ruddock



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

English, French, Mandarin
Higher education
International Relations - Loughborough University: England

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para cycling in 2019.
Why this sport?
Earlier in his sporting career he represented Great Britain in Para athletics. "I've done a lot of training on the watt bike to improve my fitness while running on track, while throwing shot. It's been a great way to improve my fitness while not actually having impact through my joints, so I've always been able to use a watt bike and use it well. Coming towards the end of my athletics career, I wanted to find something else to do, something else to get my teeth into and something that I was actually going to be, in my eyes, successful at. I went to a talent ID day with UK Sport, this was 2019, and it just kicked off from there. I met John Lenton, who is the head of Para talent at British Cycling and he said, 'We've seen the numbers from your testing on the watt bike, if this is anything to go by you could be a force in your classification' and the rest is history."
Club / Team
Charnwood Athletic Club [ENG] / Loughborough Students [ENG]:

General interest

Watching American football and professional wrestling, reading, doing puzzles, listening to music, playing computer games. (, 19 Jan 2021; Twitter profile, 18 May 2020)
Most influential person in career
His teammates from his university American football team. (, 21 Mar 2017)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Michael Jordan. (, 06 May 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You can walk away from any task with your pride if you give all of your effort." (, 20 Aug 2015)
Other sports
He has represented Great Britain in athletics at the Paralympic Games, competing in the T35 100m and 200m in 2012 and in the F35 shot put in 2016. He also played American football at university for the Loughborough Aces in England. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 Jul 2020;, 30 Jan 2020;, 12 Jul 2012)
His impairment is the result of spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, in his lower limbs. The condition affects his balance, coordination, and flexibility. (, 01 Sep 2016)
Other information
He has worked as an athlete mentor for the Youth Sport Trust in the United Kingdom. The scheme aims to improve the lives of young people through sport. He has also worked as an ambassador and school sports officer for Inspire Plus, a charity that promotes physical education, and served as an ambassador for Cerebral Palsy [CP] Sport. (Twitter profile, 18 May 2020;, 30 Jan 2020; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020;, 31 May 2015)


Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T35 Heat 2 2012-08-31 5
Men's 200 m T35 Heat 1 2012-09-05 4
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T35 Semifinal 2 2013-07-22 9
Men's 200 m T35 Semifinal 2 2013-07-26 10
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F35 Final 1 2015-10-25 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F35 Final Round 2016-09-12 6
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F35 Final 1 2017-07-16 7