Quick Facts

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

Kurt Fearnley

Career Highlights

Making finals appearances in the 100m and 200m events at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Lyon

Greatest Moment

Watching the Paralympic wheelchair racer, Louise Sauvage, compete in the 800m event


Samuel Carter’s determination to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio distinguishes him as one of wheelchair racing’s most promising young athletes.

The Rangeville local was born with spina bifida, a condition affecting the spinal cord, but did not let that stop him from participating in sport as a youngster. He played wheelchair basketball and was an avid swimmer before attending a ‘Come and Try’ day conducted by Queensland Sporting Wheelies in 2001. There he met Paralympic gold medallist Geoffrey Trappett, who encouraged him to get involved in wheelchair racing.

Samuel experienced success as a junior athlete when he began competing in 2003, assisted by his mentors, champion Paralympic coach, Andrew Dawes, and multiple Paralympic and Olympic gold medallist, Louise Sauvage, who was appointed Samuel’s personal training advisor when he attended a development camp in 2005.

In 2008, Samuel broke three national age records, and went on to become the 200m junior world champion. He competed at the 2009 Junior Athletics World Championships, where he won gold in the U20 100m final, and made the transition the following year to senior competition, representing Australia at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch.

Samuel is also a successful wheelchair marathon competitor. In 2011, he placed 1st at the Gold Coast Wheelchair Half Marathon, in 52:30. Australian Paralympian and current half marathon record holder, Rosemary Little, took home the women’s title.

In 2013 he was selected to represent Australia at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon; there he competed in the 100m and 200m events, and lists his finals appearance in both as the highlights of his sporting career to date. He placed 5th and 6th, respectively.

As the recipient of an Australian Institute of Sport grant, Samuel was awarded a gold and silver medal at the 2015 IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Brisbane. At the Grand Prix in Nottwil, Switzerland, the following year, he placed 3rd and 4th in the T54 events and represented Australia in the 4x400m relay.

As a T54 competitor, Samuel comes up against some of the most highly esteemed wheelchair racers in the world – Swedish “silver bullet”, Marcel Hug, among them. However, Samuel is most inspired by former T54 world champion and captain of the 2016 Australian Paralympic team, Kurt Fearnley.

Samuel has been studying law at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba for five years, and hopes to practice it following his retirement from sport. In his spare time he enjoys playing videogames and the guitar, going to the movies and watching the cult HBO fantasy series, Game of Thrones.

Sports & Disciplines

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