Sam Harding was originally a tandem cyclist before finding his love for running in 2009. The West Australian native began his competitive career in athletics following his participation in cross country during his primary school years. After encouragement from his mum and teacher to participate in an Australian Paralympic Committee talent search program, he was selected to compete at the 2009 Australian Paralympic Youth Games in Melbourne. It was at these Games that Sam won three gold medals in the 400m, 800m and 1500m events.

In 2010, Sam was selected for a development camp with the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. He was the recipient of a dAIS scholarship and continued to train with AIS under the tutelage of Iryna Dvoskina.

In his international debut at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, Sam finished in an impressive fifth place in the men’s 800m T13 event.…

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Date of birth
11 May 1991
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Tokyo 2020

Vision Impairment – Choroideremia
How acquired
Bruce, ACT
Records management for the ASC
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Finishing 5th at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships

Heroes/role models

Evan O'Hanlon, Scott Reardon, and Phillipe Rizzo


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 1500m Classification: T12

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