Sam Rickard

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Sam Rickard
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Action shot of Rickard running at the 2000 Summer Paralympics
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Born 8 September 1971
Mona Vale, New South Wales

Sam Rickard (born 8 September 1971) in Mona Vale, New South Wales is a vision impaired Paralympic athletics competitor from Australia. He competed in four successive Paralympic Games 1988 to 2000, winning a bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Games.[1] His nickname was ‘the Sparrow’.[citation needed]

At the 1988 Seoul Games, he competed in Men’s 400m B3, Men’s 800m B3 (5th) and Men’s High Jump B3 (9th).[1] He competed in the World Championships and Games for the Disabled, Assen, Netherlands winning a bronze medal in the Men's 800m B3.[2]

At the 1992 Barcelona Games, he won a bronze medal in the Men’s 800m B3 and competed in Men’s 1500m B3 (5th).[1]

In 1994, he left the Northern Territory to accept an Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Athletes with a Disability residential scholarship in Canberra where he was coached by Chris Nunn. He departed the AIS in 1996.[3]

At the 1996 Atlanta Games, Sam competed in the Men’s 400m T12 and Men’s 1500m T12 (5th).[1] He was disadvantaged because the 800m, his specialist distance was dropped from the Atlanta Athletics program.[4]

Finally, 2000 Sydney Games he competed in three events – Men’s 400m T13 (7th), Men’s 800m T13 (4th) and Men 1500 T13 (6th).[1]

He has been a Board Member of Blind Sports Australia.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Sam Rickard Results". International Paralympic Committee Historical Results Database. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  2. ^ World Championships and Games for the Disabled - Athletics Results. Netherlands: Organising Committee. 1990. 
  3. ^ Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Comnmission. 2002. p. 132. ISBN 1-74013-060-X. 
  4. ^ Australian Institute of Sport Yearbook 1996. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 1996. p. 3. 
  5. ^ Australian Blind Sports Federation Annual Report (PDF). 2009–2010  Missing or empty |title= (help)