After picking up windsurfing in 2017, Samantha entered the world of competitive sailing in the RS:X class. Training relentlessly out of her home club, the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Manly, QLD, Samantha competed domestically within the class, along with partaking in the Australian Raceboard and Formula circuit. Fuelled by her passion for sailing, competitive spirit, and channelling her love for training, learning, and the grind Samantha set her sights on competing at the 2018 Hempel ISAF Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark and the 2018 RS:X European Championships in Sopot, Poland.
With only a year and half of windsurfing under her belt, Samantha was selected to compete at both of these events and spent over 2 months in Europe, training with other countries, experiencing foreign sailing culture and being exposed to big fleet racing. This provided Samantha with the insight necessary for her to further improve the efficiency and effectiveness of her training back at home and develop an understanding of what is necessary to succeed and successfully compete against the best sailors in the world.
Returning home, Samantha took her learnings and was guided to train in the 49erfx class for the year of 2019, while World Sailing selected the new windsurfing discipline for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games. Taking the year to improve her sailing theory and knowledge and sailing every class she could get her hands on, at the beginning of 2020 Samantha began windfoiling. After one week of foiling Samantha took out 1st Women's at the 2020 Downunder Windfoil Pro and fell in love with the new discipline. After being selected as a Training Partner within the Queensland Academy of Sport in the IQFoil class, Samantha thrived and finished 1st Female at the 2020 Queensland Foil Slalom State Titles, Queensland Windfoil Course Racing Championships, Sail Sydney, and at the BrisVegas Windfoil Pro. At these events she not only performed against the women's fleet, but her results continued to climb in the open fleet as well.
Samantha's goal for 2021 is to continue to train hard domestically but also make the next step towards international competition in order to push her selection for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
The IQFoil has united the most successful PWA racers, Formula Racers, RSX Sailors and Olympians in the world and as such to successfully compete against such a high calibre fleet a combination of racing experience and international racing exposure, a high level of physical fitness, fast equipment, high-quality coaching and logistics is needed.
Donations received will go directly towards these key areas, specifically equipment costs and accommodation and travel costs. Your support for this fundraising project is vital and through this partnership with the Australian Sport Foundation, donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Any support received, no matter the size will be greatly appreciated and will help Samantha tremendously on her journey to Paris 2024. So please donate today!