Sit-skier Sam Tait acquired paraplegia at 22 when he broke his T11 vertebrae in a motorcycle accident in Wollongong, NSW. Three days after being airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, he woke with no recollection of the accident and spent the following three months in intensive rehabilitation.

Having already been an experienced able-bodied skier, Tait 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 owned the Corroboree Ski Lodge.

At the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympics, he competed in five events, finishing 11th in the Men’s Downhill Sitting, 17th in the Men’s Giant Slalom Sitting and did not finish in three events.

Leading up to those Games, under the guidance of coach Chris McKnight, Tait made his international debut at Landgraaf, the Netherlands, in late 2016 and secured a standout performance …

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Date of birth
11 April 1991
Para-alpine skiing
Past Paralympic Games

PyeongChang 2018, Beijing 2022

Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
How acquired
Motorcycle accident
Mittagong, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Making his debut at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and finishing 6th at the 2019 IPC World Championships

Greatest sporting moments

Coming 6th at the 2019 World Championship

Heroes/role models

Kurt Fearnley

Favourite quote
Do today what others won't, so tomorrow you can do what others can't


  • Sport: Para-alpine skiing Discipline: Giant Slalom Classification: LW11
  • Sport: Para-alpine skiing Discipline: Slalom Classification: LW11
  • Sport: Para-alpine skiing Discipline: Super-G Classification: LW11

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