Sam Ruddock

YST Sam Ruddock


Sam was born with spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy that adversely affects his flexibility, coordination and balance, particularly in his legs. Despite this, he still played sports such as basketball, rugby and American football whilst studying for his degree in International Relations. Sam didn’t consider disability sport until December 2011, when he was spotted by an coach and asked if he had considered sprinting.

He started full-time training in March 2012, ran his first races in April and was classified by the International Paralympic Committee as a T35 in May. By June, he had a World Ranking of 8th and in July was selected to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the T35 100m/200m. During Spring 2014, Sam made the transition from the start-line to the throwing circle, with his eyes set on making the 2016 Paralympics in the shot put. After finishing fifth at the IPC European Championships in his first major, he went on to secure a sixth place finish at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

Sporting Achievements:

  • Double Paralympian
  • British Record Holder.