2022 Kilometre Time Trial World Champion Sam Ruddock is an individual with a consummate wealth of experience, competing at the highest level of Paralympic sport for over a decade. Despite the miles on the clock, the cerebral palsy athlete is just getting started in his journey toward the Paris 2024 Games as a road and track cyclist.
Sam made his debut for Great Britain at London 2012 by competing in the 100 and 200 metre sprint events, switching to shot put for Rio 2016, then trying his hand at the thrills and spills of track cycling, following a UK Sport talent transfer. He now competes across both track and road events.
Whilst training full time and willing his body to compete across the sprint and endurance events, Sam works for leading sports and education charities, creating and delivering mentoring intervention programmes at both the primary and secondary level. His knowledge of high performance and understanding of the wider education infrastructure make him a valuable asset in staff rooms across the country, helping senior leadership teams implement meaningful and impactful ways to engage their staff and pupils.
Alongside his work in education, Sam also coaches American football back at his alma mater of Loughborough University, a sport he is very passionate about. His role in the university team is something he believes enhances his own conversations with coaches at British Cycling and keeps him in touch with that key transition period for young adults, as they exit compulsory education and enter the next stage of their lives.
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