Storming into the limelight of middle distance (half) racing in 2015 with a slew of wins, Sam Appleton has proved he is the next generation front man to watch. This 25 year old Byron Bay, Australian comes from a swim background which was clear in his early days of racing. In 2009 Sam was selected to be a part of the New South Wales Institute of Sport and represented his nation at numerous elite events across Australia and Europe at the ITU level. After a year off from triathlon in 2011 to further his education, “Appo” made the switch to long distance racing and hasn’t looked back since.
Known initially as a swim-biker, like many other promising young Australians, Appo started working with fellow Australian and competitor Tim Reed. Through 2014 Appo had numerous podium performances in Australia (mainly), but it was quite evident that his work with Reed paid off in 2015. In 2015 Sam has recorded, only half way through the year, five 1st place finishes and one 2nd. What’s most impressive is that he has done so against world class athletes, and has moved to the US to train and race for a short period of time.
Sam is extremely intelligent and patient, waiting till the right time to step up to full Ironman racing. Until then it is certain that we will see him on the top step of many more 70.3/half distance races. Look for him to stir things up at the IM 70.3 World Champs in Zell am See, Austria this August.Appo by the Numbers
- 18 Age when Sam began racing as a professional
- 1st 70.3 win came in 2013 at Canberra at age 23
- 6 Wins out of 8 in 2015 (one of the non-wins was a 2nd)
- 2 Role models that he beat at IM Cairns 70.3 (Craig ‘Crowie’ Alexander and Tim Reed – coach)
- 2 Times Sam has since beat Crowie