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Samuel Rizzo

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Residence
Ballarat, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Public Speaker
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up wheelchair racing in 2012.
Why this sport?
"From an eight-year-old listening to the great Richard Colman speak at a spina bifida camp, l began wishing that one day, I might have the opportunity to wear the green and gold for Australia and bring home a gold medal from the Paralympics. After another four years of trying different sports such as swimming and wheelchair basketball, which I didn't really enjoy, I knew it wasn't where I belonged. In 2012 we got a phone call from Colman's mother, asking if I wanted to come and give a racing chair a shot, I jumped on the opportunity and the rest is history. Para athletics has not only made me healthy, it's given me self-confidence; it's allowed me to learn and to see some really amazing things that otherwise, I never would have had the opportunity to experience."
Club / Team
West Victoria Academy of Sport [AUS] / Ballarat YCW Harriers Athletic Club [AUS]:
Name of coach
Richard Colman [personal], AUS

General interest

Nicknames
Sam (timesnewsgroup.com.au, 02 Aug 2019)
Hobbies
Cooking, watching films, playing bass guitar. (timesnewsgroup.com.au, 02 Aug 2019; athletics.com.au, 01 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three bronze medals at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Switzerland. (commonwealthgames.com.au, 01 Jan 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley, Swiss wheelchair racer Marcel Hug, Australian Para sprinter Richard Colman. (athletics.com.au, 01 Aug 2018)
Impairment
He has spina bifida. "I had a hole in my back when I was born, which deflects the nerves going down to my legs, so I can't walk." (abc.net.au, 25 Jun 2014)