Sam Holness

Sam Holness

Sam Holness is an autistic triathlete who is challenging stereotypes of those with neurodiversity, while sharing with the world his motto “Don’t let your disability stop you from doing sport, get out there and get active”.

In 2022, he became the first openly Autistic endurance athlete to complete the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

Sam Holness was diagnosed at four years of age with autism and his parents were told to have low expectations for him in terms of his potential for the future. They had been told Sam would experience problems with basic literacy and encounter significant social and communication issues.

Fortunately, his parents focused on providing a positive and nurturing environment where Sam could thrive. With their support and commitment, Sam did well at school and went on to attend university and achieve a BSc in Sports Science.

Sam had never planned to become an athlete and he points out that, as someone with autism, he had weak motor skills so learning to run was a challenge that neurotypical children don’t experience.

Sam has completed full triathlons, several 10k runs, half-marathons as well as the London Marathon.

Sam has toured local schools, giving talks to pupils to share his story and to encourage others not to let a disability stop them taking part in sport.

Contact Great British Speakers today to book autistic triathlete Sam Holness  for your next event.

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