Sarah and Sam are Team Canada teammates who have travelled the world competing at international competitions. It hasn’t been an easy road however, as both experienced near career-ending injuries. Sarah was sidelined with an injury the year of her first Olympic Games and made a comeback within six months to compete and finish as an Olympic semi-finalist. Sam was diagnosed with major labral tears in both hips, and fought his way back from this near career-ending injury after a tough surgery. As a two-time Canadian Champion in 100m, Sam has competed at three World Championships, and most recently, the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Both will be looking to qualify and compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Overcoming adversity has pushed them into meaningful work outside of their sports; it’s why they share very similar values. Sarah started The Believe Initiative, a program that teaches resilience and self-belief to young people. Through hosting events in schools and coupling it with in-class lessons across the country, the organization has inspired more than 35,000 students. As a result of this work Sarah has been humbled watching the impact she can make on future generations both on and off the track.
Sam shares his story with students across Canada through Classroom Champions, a virtual mentorship program, where he connects with athletes from across North America, teaching monthly lessons over the full school year. Outside of mentorship, Sam was awarded the Global Sports Development Excellence prize for his public speaking work and volunteering efforts with non-profits.
Sarah and Sam have taken many stages in sport and at speaking events at Canadian Universities, business conferences, and events like WE Day, but next time they take the stage, they look to motivate the next generation of Canadians with their experience from The Amazing Race Canada.
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