Sam Carter (athlete)

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Sam Carter
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2016 Australian Paralympic Team Portrait
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1991-08-06) 6 August 1991 (age 27)
Toowoomba, Queensland

Samuel Harrison Carter is a Paralympic athlete, who competes in 100m, 200m, 400m T54 events.[1] He has represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in athletics.[2][3]


Carter was born on 6 August 1991,[4] he has Spina bifida.[5] He attended Harristown State High School in Queensland.[6] Before becoming a wheelchair racer, Carter was actively engaged in sport in particular swimming and wheelchair basketball.[1] He then attended a try day held by Queensland Sporting Wheelies in 2001.[5] At the event Carter met Paralympian Geoff Trappett who won gold in the T54 and encouraged Carter to become involved in wheelchair racing.[1][5] His sporting hero is Kurt Fearnley.[1] When not training he is studying law at the University of Southern Queensland and playing his guitar.[1]

Sporting career[edit]

Carter began competing in 2003 as a junior athlete.[5] He has worked with Andrew Dawes and Louise Sauvage to improve his performance and trained with wheelchair athlete Sybilla Austin.[6] In 2008 he broke national age records for the 100m, 200m and 400m in wheelchair racing.[7] He went on to become the 200m junior world champion.[3] One of his career highlights was winning gold in the 100m at the 2009 Junior Athletics World Championships.[5] In 2011 Carter made the transition into adult competitions[8] where, he has competed against wheelchair racers such as David Weir and Marcel Hug.[5] Carter represented Australia at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch[9] in the T54 100m, 200m and 400m.[1] He also competed in the 2011 Gold Coast Wheelchair Half Marathon which he won.[10] In 2013 Carter was selected to represent Australia, in the T54 100m, 200m and 400m at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon.[11]] He placed 6th and 5th in the T54 100m and 200m respectively.[1] He won gold and silver at the 2015 Brisbane IPC Grand Prix in the T54 100m and 400m respectively.[12]

At the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Carter finished sixth in the Men's 100 m T54, fifth in the Men's 200 m and sixteenth in the Men's 400 m T54.[1]

At the 2016 Rio Paralympics, Carter finished sixth in the Men's 100 m T54 and was ranked 15th in the Men's 400 m T54.[13]


In 2009 Carter won the Sports Darling Downs senior rookie of the year.[14] Recently, Carter has been named as having podium potential by Athletics Australia in the T54 100m, 400m and 4 × 400 m.[15] As of 2014 Carter receives a scholarship from the Queensland Academy of Sport[16] and a grant from the Australian Institute of Sport.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Samuel Harrison Carter". IPC Bio. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Australian Paralympic Athletics Team announced". Australian Paralympic Committee News, 2 August 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b Braban, Tim. "Sprint champ aims for world title". The Chronicle. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Sam Carter". Australia Athletics Historical Results. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Sam Carter". APC. Archived from the original on 28 February 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Coach sets Sam summer goal | Toowoomba Chronicle". 7 September 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Sam Carter - Wheelchair racing". Sporting Dreams. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  8. ^ Weir, Kirsty. "Carter eyes Paralympics". Sunshine Coast Daily. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Wheelchair track and road team burns the track in Switzerland". APC. Archived from the original on 1 April 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Previous Winners". Gold Coast Marathon. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Paralympians set to turn Classic into Wheel Deal". NSW Athletics. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  12. ^ "IPC Grand Prix wrap up". QLD Athletics. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Sam Carter". Rio Paralympics Official site. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  14. ^ "2009 Presentation Dinner". Sports Darling Downs. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  15. ^ "ATHLETICS AUSTRALIA NASS; PARA-ATHLETICS HIGH PERFORMANCE PROGRAM". Athletics Australia. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  16. ^ "High Performance Program - Athletics". Queensland Academy of Sport. Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  17. ^ "Grant Funding Report". ASC. Retrieved 5 August 2015.

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