Meet the Team - Sam Hynd

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Get to know Paralympic gold medal winning swimmer Sam Hynd. Read his Tweets, view images, watch him in action and being interviewed, check out Sam in numbers, see how his Paralympic rivals compare, and much more.

Sam Hynd






5ft 7in

Training base

Swansea HPC


Billy Pye

Paralympic History

2008: Gold in S8 400m Freestyle, Bronze in SM8 200m Individual Medley, 5th in SB8 100m Breaststroke, 6th in S8 100m Freestyle

In Action

S8 400m Freestyle on 31st August
SB8 100m Breaststroke on 1st September
SM8 200m Individual Medley on 5th September
S8 100m Freestyle on 6th September

Did you know?

  • Sam competes in the S8 classification, having been born with neuromuscular myopathy which weakens his legs. His younger brother Oliver - who became European champion on his major championship debut in 2011 - has the same condition and competes against Sam internationally.
  • Sam's strength of will is beyond doubt, having recovered from a near-death car crash in 2010 to defend his European 400m Freestyle title a year later.
  • Outside of the pool, Sam is a music-lover and plays the drums, piano and guitar.

Sam's Career

Sam has made the S8 400m Freestyle event his own since winning gold in a world record on his Paralympic debut at Beijing 2008. He has since won the European title in 2009 and 2011, World Short Course gold in 2009 and the Paralympic World Cup crown in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The 21-year old, who switched to the High Performance Centre in Swansea in 2009, has also established himself as a medal contender in the SM8 200m Individual Medley, winning European gold in 2009 and bronze last season.

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