Neuff Red would like to introduce you to one of our newest members and sponsored athlete Sam Wade. We asked Sam to tell us a little more about himself, his background, achievements so far and his goals and ambitions.
Sam Wade Professional Triathlete
I am a 28-year-old former full-time school teacher/coach turned professional triathlete training for the middle and full race distance. I took up the sport in 2010 when I moved to Cardiff for my studies and from 2012-2015 I was the most successful British Universities multisport athlete in the UK picking up eight individual BUCS medals including three championship titles. In 2014 I was rewarded with a place at the World University Championships in Brazil where I placed 13th.
Until 2016 I had raced on the ITU draft legal triathlon circuit representing the GB elite team and gained podiums at British Elite Sprint Championships as well at the London Elite Triathlon in 2014. Whilst working full-time from 2016-2018 I continued my success and in 2018 won four of six British triathlon titles on offer across a variety of distances. This year I moved away from my full-time job as a teacher with the aim of challenging myself against some of the best triathletes in the world and fulfilling my potential as an athlete. I exceeded all my expectations with a string of podium performances in 2019 with a highlight being a first professional international podium at Challenge Lisboa which qualified me for the Challenge Championships which is now taking place in August 2021.
My focus has now shifted to the 2021 season where I will look to pursue those goals that I had set myself for 2020.
Sam's Race Achievements
2013 ITU World Standard AG Championships – 1st 20-24
2013 ETU European Standard AG Championships – 1st 20-24
2013 British Senior Elite Sprint Triathlon Championships – 3rd
2013 BUCS Standard Triathlon Championships – 1st
2014 World University Championships – 13th
2014 London Elite Triathlon – 3rd
2015 BUCS Sprint Triathlon Championships – 1st
2015 BUCS Standard Triathlon Championships – 1st
2015 British AG Sprint Triathlon Championships – 1st
2016 Blenheim Elite Triathlon – 9th
2016 Hever Castle Olympic Triathlon – 1st
2017 Castle Howard Triathlon – 1st
2017 English Sprint Triathlon Championships – 1st
2017 Zurich 5150 – 2nd (including pro race)
2017 ITU World Standard AG Championships – 2nd 25-29
2017 Castle Series Champion
2018 British Elite Duathlon – 6th
2018 Challenge Roma – 17th Pro
2018 English Sprint Triathlon Championships – 1st
2018 British Standard Distance Championships – 1st
2018 British Middle Distance Championships – 1st
2018 Challenge Turku – 7th Pro
2018 English Middle Distance Championships – 1st
2019 Challenge Lisboa – 3rd Pro
2019 Llanelli Sprint Triathlon (Welsh Super Series) – 3rd
2019 Challenge Herning – 6th Pro
2019 Bala Sprint Triathlon (Welsh Super Series) - 3rd
2019 Chateau de Chantilly Olympic Triathlon – 1st
2019 Gower Olympic Triathlon (Welsh Super Series) – 1st
2019 Sandman Sprint Triathlon (Welsh Super Series) – 2nd
2019 Welsh Super Series Overall – 2nd
2019 Ironman 70.3 Weymouth – 7th Pro
2019 Hever Castle Gauntlet Middle Distance – 1st
2020 Hever Castle Olympic Triathlon – 1st
My ambition over the next few seasons is to establish myself as one of the best 70.3 athletes in the world and to get myself to a level that I am contending for professional podiums in every race I take part in.
Over the 2021-2022 race seasons I aim to produce results that will help move me up the PTO ranking into a position where I can benefit from the financial support that the PTO are offering to professional athletes.
2021 Race Goals
A professional middle distance podium performance
Qualification for the 2022 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
A top 20 finish at Challenge Professional World Championship in Samorin