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Sammy Rhodes



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
T54, F57

Further personal information

Wooster, OH, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She has been involved in a range of sports since she was a young girl, including cycling, horse riding, basketball, softball, swimming, golf and athletics. She often plays with her father and three siblings.
Why this sport?
Her mother, Kelly Rhodes, says the family has always encouraged her to be involved in sports. "There has never been a time where we have said, 'No you can't do that' when she has asked to participate in a sport or activity," Kelly said. "We always tell her to go out and try it, and she loves sports so she just jumps right in."
Club / Team
Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio [ASPO]: United States

General interest

Hero / Idol
US Para athlete Casey Followay. (, 10 Jun 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I see myself as just another athlete, but I also understand that if I can be a role model and an inspiration to little girls out there, that is something I cherish, too. If there are little girls out there who don't know the sport yet and the joy they can get from it, hopefully, they can see what we are doing and come out and get inspired to participate. Getting a chance to compete in this sport has changed my life, and it can change their life, too." (, 04 Jun 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named the Rising Track Star at the 2016 Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio [ASPO] awards ceremony. (, 27 May 2016)

She received All-American High School honours in 2015 from US Paralympics for her performances in the shot put. (, 03 Sep 2015)
Other sports
She has competed in Para swimming at national junior level. (, 26 Jul 2009)
To compete in a marathon one day. (, 04 Jun 2016)
She was born with spina bifida. (, 26 Jul 2009)