Sam Willoughby

Keynote Speaker

Sam Willoughby is an Australian BMX cyclist also known as ‘the BMX bandit’. He competed in the men’s BMX at the 2012 Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal in 2012 becoming Australia’s first medallist in the sport.

​Willoughby left his Adelaide home at age 16 with a backpack, a meagre bank account balance and his BMX bike for California. He stayed at the home of fellow cyclists until he earned enough money from winning races to afford a room in a motel.

​He won the junior BMX title in 2008 and again in 2009. Willoughby advanced into the senior ranks within two years of his arrival. He won his first senior BMX world championship in May 2012, which advanced his ranking to the number one spot in the world.

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Sam Willoughby is an Australian BMX cyclist also known as ‘the BMX bandit’. He competed in the men’s BMX at the 2012 Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal in 2012 becoming Australia’s first medallist in the sport.

​Willoughby left his Adelaide home at age 16 with a backpack, a meagre bank account balance and his BMX bike for California. He stayed at the home of fellow cyclists until he earned enough money from winning races to afford a room in a motel.

​He won the junior BMX title in 2008 and again in 2009. Willoughby advanced into the senior ranks within two years of his arrival. He won his first senior BMX world championship in May 2012, which advanced his ranking to the number one spot in the world.

Sam Willoughby supports educating children about bicycle education through the Happiness Cycle.

​In 2012, he won the Australian Institute of Sport Junior athlete of the Year Award.

IN 2016 tragically just weeks out from the RIO Olympics Sam suffered a shocking spinal accident during training.

​Through sheer guts and determination Sam is fighting back and a little over a year later was able to walk down the aisle to marry his childhood sweetheart and fellow BMX Olympian Elise Post.

​Sam Willoughby a truly remarkable young man.

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