Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
Sport
Alpine Skiing
How acquired
Motorcycle accident
Date of Birth
April 11, 1991
Home
Renwick, NSW
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2016
First Competed for Australia
2016
Heroes

Kurt Fearnley

Career Highlights

Qualifying for the 2017 IPC Alpine Skiing Europa Cup in Veysonnaz, Switzerland

Greatest Moment

Ranking sixth in the world in CrossFit

Bio

Emerging sit-skier Sam Tait became a paraplegic at 22, breaking his T11 vertebrae in a motorcycle accident in Wollongong, NSW. Airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, he woke up three days later with no recollection of the accident, and spent the following three months in intensive rehabilitation.

An experienced able-bodied skier, Sam knew of the opportunities available in sport for people with a disability, and soon fell in love with sit-skiing on the slopes of Perisher, where his parents own the Corroboree Ski Lodge.

Working towards qualification for the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games, he joined the Australian Para-alpine skiing development squad.

Under the guidance of coach Chris McKnight, Sam debuted for Australia in Landgraaf, the Netherlands in late 2016, and a standout performance at the 2017 IPC Alpine Skiing Europa Cup in Veysonnaz, Switzerland the following year, 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. A CrossFit enthusiast, between 2014 and 2016 he trained nearly every day at a CrossFit gym in Braemar, NSW, achieving a top ten ranking in the adaptive division of the International CrossFit Games.

Looking to return to CrossFit down the track, Sam is currently working towards achieving his ultimate goal of winning gold at the Paralympic Games, motivated by the success of his hero, Rio 2016 co-captain and three-time Paralympic gold medallist Kurt Fearnley.

Having already completed a two-year course in computer-aided design detailing at TAFE, Sam is tossing up further study in astrophysics, engineering or computing science.

In his spare time, he likes to watch soccer, Designated Survivor and Suits.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Giant Slalom Classification: LW11
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Slalom Classification: LW11
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Super-G Classification: LW11