Up-and-coming ski racer Samuel Tate is enjoying his first taste of international competition and has achieved some exciting results at his first races. Samuel gained his first international podium in February 2017 with third in Slalom at an IPCAS race in Park City, USA.
Disciplines: Downhill, Giant Slalom, Slalom, Super-G
Home town: Dunedin
Career highlights: Travelling to Korea in 2016 to compete at the PyeongChang 2018 test events and experience competition against the best in the world.
Samuel began skiing at the age of 12 with a school ski trip to Canterbury's Mount Dobson ski area. Already a keen sportsman, he fell in love with skiing straight away, enjoying the freedom of the mountains and a sport which brings people from all walks of life together. Almost instantly, the mountains became his happy place. Samuel has paralysis of the left arm and thinks nothing of skiing with just one pole.
Samuel's skills progressed from beginner to advanced after just a few lessons and he began to enjoy competing in and winning races against his able-bodied school mates.
Samuel was an award winner at the 2012 Aoraki Secondary School Sports Awards, named Outstanding Athlete with a Disability.
In 2014 he travelled to Aspen, USA to begin competing against international fields.
Samuel returned to the USA for the 2017 season and trained at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) at Winter Park resort in Colorado, alongside Kiwi skiers Adam Hall, Corey Peters and Aaron Ewen. He describes the season as "living the dream", and loved travelling to new places and racing for NZ. With a few podium placings at IPCAS races under his belt, Samuel is now aiming for more medals on bigger stages. He is looking forward to spending the 2017 NZ season training full time in Wanaka alongside Paralympians Corey Peters and Adam Hall.
When not skiing, Samuel loves playing football and futsal; the ideal way to hang out with mates and keep fit at the same time.
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