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MCINTOSH Sam
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age29
Place of BirthGeelong, AUS
Height1.83 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T52
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Carolanne
Residence
Geelong, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing at age 19 in Geelong, VIC, Australia.
Why this sport?
After his rehabilitation he was considering playing wheelchair rugby. However, he met Paralympic gold medallist Richard Coleman's mother Kaye, who encouraged him to try wheelchair racing.
Name of coach
Fred Periac [personal]
Training Regime
In the morning he does explosive weight training to increase his arm speed, followed by a track session in the afternoon. He trains at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra in blocks of several weeks at a time throughout the year.
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Christchurch, NZL
General Interest
Nicknames
Quadzilla (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
His family. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He sustained a concussion after he collided with another athlete in the final of the T52 100m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The injury meant he had to withdraw from the T52 400m at the Games. (sammcintosh.com, 25 Sep 2019)

He broke his neck on New Year's Eve in 2011 in an accident on a dance floor while out celebrating with friends. He was unable to race for three months but recovered in time to compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (geelongadvertiser.com.au, 01 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination." [Tommy Lasorda] (paralympic.org.au, 01 Jan 2019)
Impairment
In September 2007 he was involved in a BMX accident while on holiday in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia. His injuries resulted in incomplete quadriplegia. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; geelongadvertiser.com.au, 01 Aug 2012; paralympic.org.au, 17 Jul 2012)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2012 he co-founded Parallel Sports Inc. in Geelong, VIC, Australia. The not-for-profit organisation helps people with an impairment participate in community-based sport. "[It] is a way of giving back to the community by sharing a love of sport, the same way that I was exposed to it." (Humans in Geelong Facebook page, 02 May 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Round 1 2012 100m T52 18.70
Round 1 2012 200m T52 34.09
4 2016 100m T52 18.13
Round 1 2016 400m T52  DNS
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2011 200m T52 34.31
5 2011 100m T52 18.52
8 2011 400m T52 1:08.96
5 2015 100m T52 18.11
Heats 2015 400m T52 1:10.56
12 2017 400m T52 1:14.68
6 2017 100m T52 18.69
14 2019 400m T52 1:14.87
6 2019 100m T52 17.69