Action shot of Rickard running at the 2000 Summer Paralympics
|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. His nickname was ‘the Sparrow’.
At the 1988 Seoul Games, he competed in Men’s 400m B3, Men’s 800m B3 (5th) and Men’s High Jump B3 (9th). He competed in the World Championships and Games for the Disabled, Assen, Netherlands winning a bronze medal in the Men's 800m B3.
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.
At the 1996 Atlanta Games, Sam competed in the Men’s 400m T12 and Men’s 1500m T12 (5th). He was disadvantaged because the 800m, his specialist distance was dropped from the Atlanta Athletics program.
- "Sam Rickard Results". International Paralympic Committee Historical Results Database. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- World Championships and Games for the Disabled - Athletics Results. Netherlands: Organising Committee. 1990.
- Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Comnmission. 2002. p. 132. ISBN 1-74013-060-X.
- Australian Institute of Sport Yearbook 1996. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 1996. p. 3.
- Australian Blind Sports Federation Annual Report (PDF). 2009–2010 https://secure.ausport.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/341298/Blind_Sport_Annual_Report_2009.pdf. Missing or empty
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