Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
Sport
Alpine Skiing
How acquired
Motorcycle accident
Date of Birth
April 11, 1991
Home
Renwick, NSW
Occupation
Athlete
Greatest Moment

Achieving selection to the Australian Para-alpine development squad

Bio

It was only a few years ago that emerging Para-alpine skier Sam Tait became a paraplegic. After a motorcycle accident in 2013, Sam was airlifted to Royal North Shore hospital in Sydney, where he woke up three days later and spent the following three months in intensive rehabilitation.

Having been an adept able-bodied skier, it wasn’t long before Sam discovered sit skiing and returned to the slopes at Perisher, where his parents own a lodge.

Soon enough, Sam joined the Australian Para-alpine skiing development squad and embarked on his new mission to qualify for the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games

Two years after his accident, Sam was focused and spent all of January 2015 skiing in Colorado. A standout performance at the 2017 IPC Para-alpine Europa Cup in Switzerland, where he placed fourth in the men’s Super-G saw him move within reach of selection for PyeongChang 2018.

Off the slopes, Sam enjoys keeping active. He lists kayaking, playing cards and doing CrossFit as his favourite hobbies.

A dedicated CrossFit enthusiast, he trains nearly every day at a CrossFit gym in Braemar, where he works towards further improving his world ranking in the adaptive division of the International CrossFit Games. He is currently ranked fifth in a field of 30.

Equipped with a Certificate IV in Access Consulting, Sam hopes to work part-time in access consulting to fund his Para-alpine skiing ambitions.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Super-G Classification: LW-11