Sam McIntosh’s life changed dramatically in 2007 when he fell off a BMX bike while holidaying with his family in Coffs Harbour, breaking his neck to become a quadriplegic. While recovering in hospital, the thrill-seeker from Geelong was inspired by stuntmen he saw performing back flips in wheelchairs and turned his attention to wheelchair rugby. However, a chance encounter with Kaye Colman, the mother of Paralympic gold medallist Richard Colman, directed Sam down the path of wheelchair racing. In a 12-month period, and guided by Richard’s coach Mandi Cole, Sam managed to improve his times in the 100m, 200m and 400m by just over one, four-and-a-half and nearly five seconds, respectively, and though unable to snatch gold from Swiss champion Beat Boesch at the 2010 Swiss Nationals, finishing second to him in the 100m, 200m and 400m events, these results only further motivated Sam to strive for Paralympic gold. Achieving… Read More

Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
Sport
Para-athletics
How acquired
BMX riding accident
Date of Birth
July 13, 1990
Home
Drysdale, VIC
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2009
First Competed for Australia
2011
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016

Career Highlights

Competing at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand

Greatest Moment

When Carey Hart became the first person to do a backflip on a motorcycle

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-athletics Disciplines: 100m Classification: T52
  • Sport: Para-athletics Disciplines: 400m Classification: T52