Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Spina Bifida
How acquired
Date of Birth
August 6, 1991
Rangeville, QLD
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Rio 2016


Kurt Fearnley and Louise Sauvage

Career Highlights

Reaching the 100m and 200m finals at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France


Samuel Carter has always refused to let his condition stop him from participating in sport. As a kid he played wheelchair basketball and was an avid swimmer, and after attending a ‘Come and Try’ day in 2001, where he met Paralympic gold medallist Geoffrey Trappett, he got involved in wheelchair racing.

The Rangeville local began competing in 2003, training under champion Paralympic coach, Andrew Dawes. In 2005 Paralympic and Olympic champion, Louise Sauvage, was appointed as his personal training advisor.

2008 was a standout year for Samuel. He broke three national age records and was named junior world champion in the 200m. The following year he won gold in the 100m final at the Junior Athletics World Championships, and in 2010 made the transition to senior competition, representing Australia at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand.

At the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France two years later, Samuel competed in the 100m and 200m, and lists his finals appearances in both as the highlight of his sporting career to date.

The Australian Institute of Sport grant recipient made his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016. He did tremendously well to place sixth in the 100m final.

As a T54 competitor, Samuel comes up against some of the most highly regarded wheelchair racers in the world, none more so than his hero, Kurt Fearnley.

Following in Kurt’s footsteps, Samuel is also a successful wheelchair marathon competitor; in 2011 he crossed for first in the Gold Coast Wheelchair Half Marathon.

Samuel has been studying law at the University of Southern Queensland for the last five years, and hopes to practice it following his retirement from sport. In his spare time he enjoys playing video games and the guitar, going to the movies and watching Game of Thrones.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 100m Classification: T54
  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 400m Classification: T54
  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 4x100m Classification: T54