When Sam was diagnosed with a rare form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma his whole life was turned upside down, particularly as he had just been selected to compete in the GB youth rafting team at the World Rafting Championships in New Zealand.
Throughout his illness, Sam‘s determination to excel in canoe slalom has helped him to keep positive and given him focus. Now that he is in remission, Sam has been able to get back into training with the ambition of making the canoe slalom GB squad.
Sam trains with the GB slalom talent academy programme and up till now he has been using his very old and heavy slalom boat. His coach believes that a custom made lightweight boat will help him to progress and excel.
Sam’s Starlight Wish was for a sonic beam Galasport carbonlite slalom boat and, with the help of Galasport’s UK distributor Cool Blue Canoes, we have been able to provide Sam with his dream boat.