For wheelchair racer Samuel Carter, having spina bifida has never been an excuse not to play sport. He started in wheelchair basketball and Para-swimming, before an introduction to Paralympic gold medallist Geoff Trappett saw Samuel begin to carve out a future for himself on the track.

Samuel made his international debut in 2011 at the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, and competed at another two World Championships before finally achieving selection to the Australian Paralympic Team in 2016.

For Samuel, the experience of competing at the Paralympic Games was unlike anything he could have imagined. He says that it does not matter how many athletes he had spoken to, or how many times he had watched the Games on television, the experience of being there and continuing the tradition of a thousand other Australians before him is one which he will remember for a lifetime.…

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Date of birth
6 August 1991
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Spina bifida
How acquired
Belconnen, ACT
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Reaching the men’s 100m T54 final at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

His parents, Kurt Fearnley, Louise Sauvage


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 100m Classification: T54
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 400m Classification: T54

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