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 …

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Date of birth
11 April 1991
Sport
Para-alpine skiing
Impairment
Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
How acquired
Motorcycle accident
Residence
Renwick, NSW
Occupation
Athlete
Started competing
2016
First competed for Australia
2016
Sport career highlights

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

Greatest sporting moments

Ranking sixth in the world in CrossFit

Heroes/role models

Kurt Fearnley

Disciplines

  • 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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