Sam is a young dinghy sailor, who already at the age of 25 has a proven track record on the international stage.
Sam is a double world champion, triple European champion and double national champion. His skill set has been best shown in single trapeze dinghies such as the 420 where he set a British record, the 470 which he now campaigns towards the Olympic Games and the Fireball which he has won numerous titles in.
While his ability and performance on the international stage is unquestionable, Sam also finds time to give back into sport.
Sam represents 3 charities all of which give him the opportunity to support the development of young people across the country. Sam spends his free time supporting projects aimed at getting young people into education, sport, employment and training.
Sam also makes sure he uses his knowledge and experience to support the development of young sailors, helping coach their skills to develop the next Olympic champion.
Outside of Sam’s giving back to charity, he also mentors other athletes helping guide them on their journeys through sport and beyond.
Sam’s dedication to training and development is well beyond his years, taking detail in all his preparation is key to his performance.
Having made a difficult decision in 2009 to finish education and not chase his dream of London 2012, Sam has recently quit his full time job to become a full time sailor looking towards Tokyo 2020.
In order to ensure he has a strong full back post sport, Sam is successfully running his own business in sport around his training, while also being in his last year of his Master’s Degree in Sports Management.
Driven, dedicated, successful and balanced best describe Sam as person, always keen to help others, Sam is always the first to thank and mention his incredible support network who are the reason he is able to be so successful time and time again.
Win Americas Cup
Back to Back world titles
Sail around the world
Allow others to have the experiences and opportunities I have been given.
Winning the Americas cup as part of a British team would be the pinnacle of my sport.
Sailing around the world with my brother would be a great achievement in a different way, in terms of not being an out and out performance achievement.
– Attitude to training is crucial, ensuring that recovery etc is done correctly as this can often be missed. But also the attitude while by yourself or on the tough days to keep going and keep trying
– Ability to Learn I think is fundamental. As athletes and people we can always learn more and always develop, having the ability to accept learning points, change, and the willingness to learn I think is vital
I think on great bit of advice has been: “if your good enough the phone will ring” which has helped in terms of difficult decisions between education and sport.
Equally: “Don’t make important decisions when you’re tired, emotional or stressed”.
But I think the best bit of advice has been “whenever anyone doubts you or tells you that you aren’t good enough, smile at them and then use your actions to show them how wrong they are.”
Longer term than that this year and next is about learning as much as possible, pushing Luke (our Olympic boat) as hard as possible to ensure he is in the best possible place to win GB a medal in Rio. And be in the best position to challenge for a medal myself in Toyo 2020.
Then I want to go into the Americas Cup circuit followed pursuing my passion and goal of becoming a team manager.
My biggest tip is always, just keep going. There have been so many occasions I have been told I am not good enough, or won’t make it, or I wanted to quit. But keep going; don’t let anyone tell you what you can achieve other than yourself!
I think the way sport is going, I would also advise all up and coming sailors and all sports people to look after their bodies. All sport is becoming more physically demanding, and our bodies are always on the edge. Having had a couple of serious injuries myself from training, I would say look after yourself, listen to your specialists and support. Rehab properly.
And I think I would say, don’t cut corners. Sport often comes down to who works hardest for longest. There is no shortcut to success in any sport or anything we do in life. Work hard; don’t take the easy way out just because it is there.