Sam Ruddock

Track and field athlete who debuted at the 2012 Paralympics


Sam Ruddock has a form of cerebral palsy that affects his co-ordination, balance and his ability to flex several muscles in his lower body – however, the Paralympic speaker and Paralympic athlete have wowed audiences with his track & field performances. Having overcome some of the worst possible setbacks, Sam now aims to inspire audiences across the world with his moving story. He often reflects on overcoming adversity and dealing with setbacks during his speeches and relates them back to his own experiences.

Most notable was Sam’s international debut, which was at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. In the T35 100m heats, Sam was an agonising 0.6 seconds short of making the final while in the T35 200m heats he achieved a personal best of 28.75 seconds.

As well as the Paralympics, the Paralympic speaker has competed in the world finals of the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships and in the regional finals of the 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships. At this last tournament, Sam competed in the shot put and is finds it easy to make the switch from this event to track and back. A versatile sportsman, Ruddock is aiming high to win medals at major events such as the Paralympics. His hunger for success is an admirable quality and he transfers his sporting hunger on to the after dinner circuit, helping to provide truly compelling speeches.

When he’s not gearing up for the 2016 Paralympic Games – and even the 2020 Games in Tokyo – Sam is either entertaining audiences as a Paralympic speaker or he is working as an athlete mentor through the auspices of the Youth Sport Trust. In this capacity, Ruddock works with secondary school pupils to teach them how to get the most out of their time at school by applying the same rigour and discipline they experience in sports to their studies.

When at events, Ruddock is also known to discuss topics such as peak performance and adaptability, two subjects he things are vital in life. His speeches are sure to inspire the audience as he uses his own experiences to put across vital messages.

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When speaking at events, Ruddock is known to discuss topics such as:

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Dealing with Setbacks
  • Adaptability
  • Peak Performance
  • Drive for Success

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