Sam is a 16-year-old student of Rosmini College in Takapuna that will be competing in Gymnastics at the Buenos Aires 2018 Olympic Youth Games

Career highlight: Winning a Gold Medal on Rings at the 2018 Pacific Rim Championships in Colombia

How did you get into your sport?: I got into the sport at 5 years old. I would always go to watch my 2 older brothers, Henry and Ethan train and because they both did it, it was just natural for me to join in and give it a go.

What do you love about the sport? From a young age I've always loved the sport, but nowadays it's more than just a sport to me. I've continued to train day after day for the past 11 years and over these years it has taught me many life skills such as patience, commitment, dedication, respect, time-management and has also helped me to build up my confidence and self-esteem. These are all reasons why Gymnastics is so important to me now. Without these qualities that it has taught me I don't know what I would be doing.

What inspires you? My older brother Ethan inspires me as I see what he has been able to achieve with hard work and of course my coach David Philips is always pushing me to achieve the best I can and believing in me.

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