Sam Willoughby


Update 11/30/20

2020 was set up to be a big one for Alise and myself as it was an Olympic year. We started off our year in Australia, where we spent January and most of February at the first two stops of the 2020 World Cup BMX season in Shepperton, Australia. It was a great month in Australia, Alise and I stayed at my parent’s house, which is close to my local training spots I grew up training at. Alise was able to train at these spots in preparation for the World Cup. We traveled to Victoria every week for 4 weeks to prepare on the track where the race would be in February.

It was a very successful campaign with Alise dominating the first two World Cup rounds, winning both of them, which was impressive given that it was in Australia and our family was there to watch.
My other two athletes that I work with. My childhood friend Anthony Dean and Lauren Reynolds both did very well. Anthony winning almost all his laps and ended up 2nd in the main, and Lauren ran really well both days and came home with a 5th and a 7th.

Needless to say, we left our month long trip in Australia feeling very happy. A week after arriving back in the US, thanks to Alise’s partnership with Toyota, we attend the Daytona 500 and sit in the Toyota suit. It was an incredible experience as a huge Nascar fan; it doesn’t get any better than drinking Stillhouse Bourbon Old Fashions names the intimidator and watching the Daytona 500!!

Little did we know this event would be like the last supper of 2020 as it was only a couple of weeks later, the world came to a screaming halt with the emergence of COVID 19. Initially, when the world shut down, we were in limbo, as were many. We thought we would still race our World Championships in June and Olympics in July of 2020. Not too long went by before we realized 2020 would become a wrap as far as racing was concerned. It was a tough peel to swallow for Alise with her Olympic campaign started out so strong.

We took a couple of months of downtime and did some projects around the house we had neglected for years. We got into a great routine of taking our dog Mila on walks twice a day, and now she is more attached than ever and will hate us when we start traveling again. The scooter has been amazing to have as it has given us the ability to go on walks with the dog every day and carry my laptop and camera around at training with Alise.

Our other quarantine project was building a home gym, which if one good thing came from the lockdowns for me, it was that (getting a home gym) something I have always wanted and especially since my injury. I have also been sharpening up my coaching knowledge by doing some projects with some physiologists in the cycling world. The second quarantine project was to build an office where I could do all my programming and data collecting from training, and it seemed like a no-brainer to make it an office/whiskey room 😊 , so that’s what we did.

On the physical side for myself, I continue to train a minimum of 4-5 days a week. I focus mainly on strength training in the gym, where I have significantly improved my back strength and bench press, which I have got up to 265lbs. We also brought a ski erg that has been a great addition to get some cardio every day. As much as I love hand cycling, getting it packed up and going to Coronado, where there is an excellent safe path, is logistically not possible every day. The ski erg has been significant for my cardiovascular system; last year, I couldn’t get my heart rate above 110. I’m now continually pushing it above 180, which is fantastic. I generally do around 30 minutes on the erg, doing different intervals.

We are now somehow in November and next week heading to our first race since March, which will be held indoors in Tulsa, OK. To say we’re excited to be back racing is an understatement.

As always, thank you for the ongoing support!



2017 Update

Come out and show your support for Sam Willoughby Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Eagles Function Center, Australia.

Strength for 91 Private Function- Adelaide Crows v Port Adelaide

Tickets are $70 – Private function room with viewing deck for the game, finger food, and entertainment. Drinks to be purchased at the bar.

To buy tickets to this event, email your ticket request to- or click the poster.



Please note any donations will be made in US Dollars.

UPDATE 01/25/17

Willoughby’s fiancé Alise Post has provided this update and was published in Author: National Admin/Wednesday, January 25, 2017

“Sam left Denver Rehab Hospital on New Year’s Eve and arrived home in San Diego to a Welcome Home Party with friends and family to bring in the New Year. Since the accident, we have undertaken considerable construction at our home to ensure Sam’s recovery continues smoothly, with the final finishes to the lift and bathroom construction being made.

In great news, the home therapy room is getting close to finished, and we have most of the equipment necessary now including the FES Bike, Standing Frame, Total Gym, Electric Mat Table along with various bands, med balls, dumbbells, and hand therapy equipment.

We would like to take the time to thank everyone who has supported through Sam’s Road 2 Recovery Fund, as these modifications around our home have been made largely thanks to the combined effort between the insurance and the fund donations. These changes to our house enabled Sam to begin therapy straight away on January 2 and he really enjoys working with his therapist at home in a one on one personalized setting. 

Sam continues to see small gains in sensation and function, which leaves him encouraged to keep working in this setting for as long as needed and striving for more and every therapy session. He continues to show daily motivation to get better and work his hardest, leaving no stones unturned. He repeatedly needs to be told how important rest is too! Over the course of the month, Sam has been busy sourcing out his personal San Diego team of service providers for different therapy and recovery techniques and he is happy with that progress.

Since the month has progressed, being home with friends visiting and his dog Mila has been very therapeutic for Sam. He is also looking forward to seeing his brother again soon and meeting his nephew for the first time in the coming weeks!

On behalf of Sam and all his family and friends, we would like to thank everyone for the continued support.  We are grateful for the overwhelming support we have received, as we understand not everyone may have the same amazing backing in times like this”.

To follow along and show your support of Sam’s Road 2 Recovery, make sure to search and tag the hashtag #strengthfor91


December 1, 2016, Sam Willoughby Update

After 70 days of eating, sleeping, breathing rehabilitation here at Craig, our official inpatient stay is coming to a close! This means that Sam is considered medically stable enough for him, his mum and I to move out of this hospital room and transition towards home life by moving into the outpatient program here in Denver. We plan to stay here for December and have a jam-packed “work schedule” utilizing the world-class facilities available to us here at Craig. This seems to be the perfect transition allowing us to stay close to the hospital while living on our own without the haunting “quick set of vitals” phrase!!! It will also allow time to get all of his equipment and our home more prepared for home therapy and everyday life…this has been a continual process behind the scenes to get organized. Sam and all of us are really looking forward to the freedom to use all of the crazy technologies and work with many motivated therapists through the PEAK center here before transitioning to that next step home. As successful as his inpatient stay has been, the opportunity to direct his own care and focus more on his personal goals is what Sam is ready for!

Throughout the past month, Sam has managed to stay fit and even put a bit of muscle back on. A big part of this in his legs would have to be the increased amount of stimulation through the FES bike (video is shown), pool workouts, and more time upright in harnesses on the Erigo (boxing machine in an earlier post) and vibration plate. We’re hoping that all of this stimulation work will aid in his bodies’ “message sending” process. Some other exciting news is how stable Sam has gotten at getting on all fours and balancing. He is even able to use a swiss ball with some spotting to get on his knees which is pretty cool. All of the work on his tummy, posture and balance is definitely indicating a bit better core activation which is super exciting this early on in the game for someone with an injury like Sam’s. His hands continue to improve in function, he increases his weights or reps almost daily with his dumbbell, cable, and med ball work which means his grip and upper body are only getting stronger! We are all super proud of Sam and can’t wait to continue this journey with him.

We need to extend a huge thank you to his entire inpatient team here at Craig as they have taken our ideas on board and done their best to accommodate Sam’s goals amidst ticking all of the boxes to get him “medically functional” to get out of the hospital. We had our discharge meeting yesterday and every single one of the team members said they had never worked with a more motivated individual that forced them to use all of their resources and push the limits for not only Sam but all of the future patients that come through Craig Hospital. Thank you to everyone who has helped keep Sam’s spirits up so that motivation never lagged, every positive energy sent our way has played a role and will continue to help him as he turns the page to the next chapter in his road to recovery. Having just gone to Tulsa, OK over Thanksgiving for our year-end finale of the USA BMX series, I’ve experienced first hand how strong and genuine the support for Sam truly is, and we can’t thank you enough for that. I know I fed on all of those good vibes myself and was somewhat surprised with a great performance in Tulsa winning both days of racing and taking my 5th women’s pro championship title, and 9th overall prestigious USA BMX silver cup. None of those feats compared to the feeling of accepting Sam’s “Pro of the Year” award amidst the loudest cheers of the weekend though, so thanks for letting him hear you all the way in Denver! We even got a few visits from our closest friends on their drive back west which is much appreciated and we thank them for taking the time to stop by 🙂 Replay of the race and awards for anyone interested in watching can be found at >> ).

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season!




UPDATE: 11/10/16 “Double Down for Sam Willoughby Challenge” Reached in Record Time

The BMX community came out in force to support Sam Willoughby and complete “The Double Down for Sam Challenge” in record-breaking time. With your support Road 2 Recovery was able to reach not only the needed goal of $93,240 to get the $30,000 match from an anonymous donor but was able to surpass that goal to reach a grand total of $158,201.62 for Sam Willoughby’s Fund.

This momentous achievement was made possible by the dedicated and generous people in the BMX community from the following:

The SW91 Challenge held at both Bellflower BMX Track and Chula Vista BMX.

Events held at Pineview Park BMX, Dacono BMX, and Bolder BMX.

Auction items won from the Sam Willoughby benefit eBay auction.

Donations online at

Together you helped Sam reach this goal.

Road 2 Recovery would like to thank the team at Chula Vista BMX, Bellflower BMX Track, Pineview Park BMX, and Bolder BMX for putting together these events. Your time, effort, and energy is greatly appreciated. Huge thank you to Struplast Holdings, Redline Bicycles, Oakley, TLD, Pat Wilson from Weezer, Brett Metcalfe, Alise Post, Brett Eldredge, Malcolm Smith, Anthony Dean, Brian Lopes, Robert Pierce, Melissa Marquardt, Maris Strombergs, Anthony Dean, Barry Nobles, Brooke Crain, Ryan Dungey, Shane McElrath, Connor Fields, Cole Seely, James Stewart, Broc Tickle, Joris Daudet, Randy Stumpfhauser, Ricky Carmichael, Justin Bogle, Johnny Walker, Nick Wey, Lauren Reynolds, Billy Griggs, Nic Long, Marvin Musquin, Kris Fox, Tyler Faro, Michael Leib, Nate Adams, and all the other companies and athletes who donated items, their time, or funds to Sam’s cause. Last but certainly not least, Thank You to the anonymous donor whose donation helped pull together the BMX community to match your generosity and show Sam Willoughby just how much they all are supporting him.

This is just the beginning for Sam Willoughby and his cause with R2R. If you would like to donate to Sam’s Road 2 Recovery you can by clicking this link or going to R2R website at


UPDATE: 11/01/16- Double Down for Sam Willoughby

img_0434Sam Willoughby, an Australian Olympic BMX rider was in a freak accident on September 10th, 2016 while training at the local San Diego BMX track. He suffered a spinal cord injury around his C5 – C7 vertebrae. Sam being the fighter that he is with a spirit of a true champion has been doing aggressive rehabilitation therapy in Colorado with his fiancé, family, friends, and fans cheering him on.

When an injury of this magnitude occurs there is a point where insurance runs out of financial support. Insurance rehab typically consists only of getting the injured to a point where they are able to sustain the injury and live under their “new condition”. Sam’s goals are far beyond that; the therapy that will challenge him to stand and walk again will cost a great deal of money and far exceed what the insurance companies are willing to cover.

Now you can help more than ever before! Thanks to a sponsor who has requested to remain anonymous, ‪starting Tuesday, November 1, 2016, every dollar you donate at will be matched up to $30,000! That means for every dollar you choose to donate, you will double down with the matched donation! Having just surpassed the $60k mark in Sam’s Road 2 Recovery account, there is an opportunity to DOUBLE the total funds raised and raise another $60,000. These vital funds will be put towards his rehabilitation therapy, home modifications, therapy equipment like FES bikes, stem machines, standing frames and so much more.

Today’s tally of funds raised for Sam’s cause is $63,240. You can keep an eye on the running total raised on his cause page and when the total goes past $93,240, the donated matched money of $30,000 will be deposited, bringing his new total to $123,240! Remind Sam to Stay Strong by helping complete this Double Down Challenge by December!



New Update as of 10/2816 from fiancé’ Alise Post:

Today marks 5 weeks since arriving at Craig Hospital in Colorado for Sam’s intense, specific SCI rehabilitation. We hope everyone enjoyed Sam’s feature on 60 Minutes Australia and gained a bit more insight as to the challenges Sam faces on his road to recovery. We also hope that everyone can see his strong character shine through, and how important the support around him throughout this journey has been, and will continue to be. I know for myself, getting to go home for a quick two days and go to the race in CA really exposed me to the outside world again, and the words of encouragement and overall support for us was just incredible and almost overwhelming…so, THANK YOU!!

As for Sam, he continues to work hard and push the boundaries. He is doing really well with all of his functional skills and becoming more and more independent every day. He is regaining a lot of upper body strength, better core balance, and a bit more sensation to touch throughout his lower body which is really encouraging for those of us here watching him put the work in each and every day. He is actually moving along quickly enough that he is challenging his therapists and the system so much so that they are allowing him to do extra above and beyond work as an inpatient. These extra “lower body recruitment” sessions are what he really looks forward to during the week, and it’s awesome to see the same excitement from the therapists that get to work with such a motivated patient. He even got to let a bit of frustration out on the boxing gloves during therapy which was fun! (And I don’t think he minded getting the okay to have that boxing match with his fiancé 😉

We can’t predict the future, but Sam is doing incredible things and has the true heart of a champion, so we know he will do well. Of course, there are times that this process feels like an eternity, but he is keeping his chin up and we are all reminded to keep focused on the process of small gains day by day as we start looking towards the next steps of this journey.

We are saddened to hear of so many people in our network going through similar situations. This is not an injury we wish on anyone, and we just hope that everyone can keep all of these warriors in their thoughts and send as much positive energy their way as possible. It’s inspiring to witness first hand what people go through to do everyday things that healthy people take for granted daily… I know who got my vote for the Cycling Australia ‘People’s Choice’ Award and the USA BMX Golden Crank ‘Pro of the Year’!!! #StrengthFor91


UPDATE 10/6/16
The days have been getting busier and busier here at rehab for Sam! He is now finishing up two solid weeks of rehab and is doing great. All the staff love him here because as you can imagine his work ethic, motivation and intensity have made quite an impression on those around him. I can honestly say he’s probably working harder than she ever has before, which is pretty impressive as we all know how intense he already was with his day to day training!

From dawn to dusk he’s filled with individual and group therapy sessions that are helping him become more and more functional both using what he already has and working towards gaining things back. Balance and mobility have been a big focus thus far and Sam is picking up on everything quickly. Some highlights from his therapy thus far include meeting a 3x Paralympic Rugby medalist who shared his story with a group of young men like Sam…it’s amazing how many Paralympic athletes we are always surrounded and inspired by at the Olympic Training Center, but now we can gain even that much more respect for the path they’ve had to endure to get where they are…they are truly incredibly strong people with great life lessons to share.

Another highlight would be using the FES bike to help stimulate his legs in motion and “feeling” so familiar to him. Some other highlights include getting in the pool for the first time and getting stood up in a special standing frame they use to reacclimatize people to an upright position. The visits and presence of our good friend and TM Jason Carnes definitely helped in this situation as Jason always has plenty of stories and laughs to share that keep spirits up and actually physically kept Sam’s blood pressure levels in check as they stood him up…thanks Jase! He was also a great therapy buddy for Sam during his upper body strength class as anyone who knows him can imagine… 😉 So yes, on top of all of the physical stimulation, the support of friends, family, and fans from around the world have played an incredible role in the healing process and keeping Sam’s spirits up – THANK YOU to everyone who has sent positive energy and kind messages our way. Keep spreading the love and stay tuned for more updates!




The Willoughby entourage had an eventful weekend! Whilst Sam was being transported, the fam made the trek by car and had the pleasure of making a stop off in Vegas for a few hours during Interbike to accept the 2016 NORA Cup for #1 Racer on behalf of Sam. Thank you to everyone who voted and continues to support Sam as a champion on his bike and as a champion in life. It was such a pleasure to surprise him with yet another award to add to his collection, with this specific one showing how much respect and support he has from his peers within the sport. As he is now faced with his most challenging race, I know this small token served as a great reminder to him as to who he is and what he is capable of with the people around him.

The whole clan is now settled in at the rehabilitation facility, and Sam is super excited for his first day of “work” to commence! #road2recovery #strengthfor91 #mondaymotivation


Sam Willoughby is a game-changer in the world of BMX racing. Since bursting onto the scene winning back to back Junior Elite World Titles in 2008 and 2009, Sam has won just about every title imaginable. Alongside his unmatched pro winning streak in USA BMX history, he has won 3 overall USA BMX National #1 Pro titles, multiple Elite Men World Titles, multiple Australian National Titles and is a 2x Olympian with a Silver Medal performance during the 2012 London Olympic Games and a strong quest for Gold in the Olympic final of the 2016 Rio Games just a few short weeks ago.

He followed his recent Olympic effort up with a trip back to his hometown of Adelaide, Australia to take part in an initiative that targets teens in local communities across Australia to get active on bikes. Sam is nearing the 10,000th bike donated to kids that take part in the program.

On Sept 10, 2016, Sam had a training accident on the local Chula Vista BMX track where he was airlifted to the hospital and operated on that evening due to sustaining fractures in his C6 and C7 vertebrae which severely compressed his spinal cord and left him with no movement below his chest. The operation involved removing his C6 vertebrae, replacing it with a titanium cage, and fusing his C5-C7 vertebrae with a plate and 4 screws. Fortunately, this surgery was successful enough at decompressing his spinal cord and aligning his vertebrae that no second operation for further stabilization was necessary.

However, trauma to the spinal cord to this extent is not an overnight recovery and leaves us with an extremely unknown prognosis. At this stage, Sam has regained use of his arms and is slowly regaining sensations in his legs, but still has no movement from his chest down. Though it has felt like an eternity, this relatively quick response from his body leaves family, doctors, and specialists with high hopes for Sam’s future.


Sam’s next step is to be transported to CO to begin a long road to recovery with SCI (Spinal Cord Injury) specialists at a rehabilitation center there. Whether Sam inspires you by his dedication to excellence on his bike, or by his efforts to give back to others off the bike, it’s our turn to support Sam. is a portal where Sam’s friends, family, and fans can stay up to date and offer financial support to Sam to ensure #strengthfor91 remains strong throughout his road to recovery.

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  1. You have become such a role model for others – not just for your sporting achievements but also for the way in which you have handled your recovery. This second set of dreams is your next challenge and one that you will be remembered for, and one that will inspire others. I wish you well.
    T. Paterson, Brighton Secondary School

  2. good job sam we are all here for you and helping you thourgh this tough time but the whole BMX communite believes that you will walk again it just takes time and dont forget that you will get there we are all behind you
    dont give up if you give up you are letting the BMX commuite down so keep on fighting sam we are all behind you and helping you

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      We are waiting for Sam to get settled into his new routine before we post an update. We are hoping to have something soon. On a positive note, He is back home in San Diego and has started outpatient therapy. Thank you for your support of Sam’s cause! Stay posted…

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      We are waiting for Sam to get settled into his new routine before we post an update. We are hoping to have something soon. On a positive note, He is back home in San Diego and has started outpatient therapy. Thank you for your support of Sam’s cause! Stay posted…

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      We will have an official update on Sam soon. Good news is that he is back home in San Diego. He is getting accustom to his new surroundings, after that we will post soon. Thank you for your support of Sam’s cause. Stay posted for more info soon.

  3. I’m Italian sorry for my terrible English, I am passionate about BMX since my children aged 10 and 8 years old I started practicing the sport. I followed events on the internet and saw the last Olympic Games on TV, I have to say that Sam has been and will always be one of the greatest raider of all time, a favorite of my children that every time you are on the track trying to imitate his deeds, its phenomenal performance. I just want to tell Sam not to give up ever believe it, this is the most difficult race of your life, Sam, but I know you can win, you can win because you are Sam Willoughby an example for all for courage and tenacity. Many wishes Sam from me and from my two raiders.

  4. All the best for the New Year Sam.
    You have a big year ahead, but I know it you will do it with the dedication and determination you’ve shown every day so far.
    I’ll be at the Strikers game tonight (just for something different) bringing in the new year with 50,000 of my closest mates 🙂
    As always,,you are never far from my thoughts

  5. Howdy Sam
    It’s been a few days since you moved into your own place, so I hope everything is going well.
    I caught up with Deb Osmond & Julie Harrington at Flaggies season launch. We were laughing at the vision of Alise trying to lift up the chair, and Sharon’s response to you lifting yourself onto the bench. But meanwhile I am still realising these are huge steps toward your goals.
    You’re forever in my thoughts XXOO

  6. Such a great a inspiration to so many people, the strength and courage is amazing. Long road ahead but keep up the hard work, so amazing to see all the love and support of family and friends, u are truly blessed, we are behind you all the way from Zimbabwe,

  7. #5
    Good Morning Sam,
    Here is a good one. Our son was on his way back after competing in Okeeheelee, and it wasn’t exactly the results he was hoping for, but he did see some awesome progression from.his training.
    As a mom I was just thankful he didn’t leave broken, and in a Trauma unit. See, our last visit to FL was Oldsmar of this year. Leaving him with to borken arms and a severe concussion. So progression has been slow and steady for him making his way back.
    As we drove home we were talking as a family about the positives of the weekend and I cried with gratitude he wasn’t broken. I told him I know it wasn’t the weekend he hoped for, but was astonished by all the progression he did make, simply because the 17~18x class is no joke and he only started racing at 13. So the fact he could get the hole shot 95% of the time this weekend and made it to Semis only missing mains by a smidge. Well, that was awesome. I acknowledge how I know he is putting in a ton of work for small blessing, but it is all going to pay off, and that is when Z said, that is funny you say that Mom because I recently heard a saying and it is so true.


    It is so true, and it made me think of you Sam. I want you to know in those times you are working so hard, and you feel as though you should have made the main, per say. Count and gather all your little blessings/resukts for that day or week, and remember you are progressing!!
    Your in our thoughts and in our prayers.
    PS sorry this is so long, and I hope I am not annoying you by sending weekly messages. Hey if I can make you laugh that is good too…
    God Bless from @bmx_momma_mann

  8. hi sam, i am a really big fan and i know you are going to get better just dont give up and fight like your are ridng bmx. Also happy to hear that you are getting movement in your body especially your arms and hamstrings. get better soon.

    From; Josh in kalgoorlie,WA,Australia

  9. Hi Sam. My name is Vegard i am a 12 years old Bmx rider from norway. I bike for miss Bmx in Norway. Me and all my Bmx friends wish you fast and good recovery. You are my hero. Please recover

  10. Hey Sam….
    I produced some #StrengthFor91 decals and sold them the Georgia and Tennessee State Championship BMX races over the past couple of weekends to raise the money for a donation. It went over great! Wishing you a successful recovery so you can walk down the aisle on your wedding day!

  11. Hi Sam Colin & Sharon. I watched you all in the 60 minutes interview and was so proud. Your strength and positivity is brilliant. I’m feeling so inadequate being so far away. I just want to give you all a huge hug!
    I’m not a religious person but every day I pray to the Footy God ( cos that’s the one I usually do converse with) He’s used to me ?
    I’m sure there’s a lot of Adelaide & Flaggies people doing the same thing.
    Anyway just wanted to touch base and say Gidday and let you know I’ll keep sending Positive Thoughts and vibes in your direction.

  12. Just read about your tragic accident, Sam. One of your old teachers from BSS here. You may not remember me but I bet you remember Alby Mangels, Sam.
    If anyone can make a bad situation better, you can, Sam. Your motivation, fight and goal driven mentality will ensure you make the best of it! I know you’ll give it your determined very best and you will achieve! Even as a 14 year old, you displayed those traits so you’ve had a lot of practice, stickability and success!
    Your efforts will be rewarded
    Ron Olivieri

  13. #4
    Good Morning Sam,
    As you open your eyes to a new day and bring your determination to conquer this day. Remeber, no matter what this day brings you, just know you got this.
    We are holding you up in prayer, and keeping you in our thoughts.
    Blessings from

  14. After watching your interview on 60minutes, I have no doubt you’ll walk on your Wedding day. No one has determination like an athlete, and you’ve got it in spades. Best of luck with your recovery x

  15. Wish that your body is as powerful as your words and smile! Our thougts are with you and your family. Big high five from fellow little BMX’er Oliver (4yo)and his family from Australia

  16. Prays prays prays to Sam from Bobby WAsabi and family.
    You have been a huge inspiration to Bobby keep up the great work in your recovery we all have faith in you that things are going to be be better than great real soon.

  17. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Alise and the entire Willoughby family.
    We have never met but have a common bond through BMX and Redline. I raced in the 70’s.

    Stay strong. You can do this.
    Much love and respect.


  18. Sam mate you will achieve your goal of waliking down the isle with Alise on your arm. Kia kaha bro , i have just finished watching your interview on 60 minutes here in Western Australia. You sir are a true champion . My bmx club here at westside bmx club in wa have #strengthfor91 on our start gate. Every time our gate is up everyone can see it espically at our state titles we just had , proud to support such a great embassador as yourself in our beloved sport of bmx . Herl fast heel well

  19. This would be one of, if not the hardest, time of your life but you have so much support from family, friends, strangers, all of the BMX community from all over the world and all these positive messages must be making a difference in your day to day life. It’s one day at a time and your determination will surely carry you to the final goal and you will walk down that aisle!
    I wear the #strengthfor91 sticker on my helmet and enjoy the ride every day for you
    Stay strong Sam!! ❤️

  20. Dear Sam ,,
    My name is Blake Goodwin. I am 7 years old and go to the Weipa BMX club In Cape York Australia. I’ve always wanted to be like you. If I ride like you it would be a dream come true. I hope to see you back on your bike soon. I’m a really big fan. Everyone at the Weipa BMX club wish you get get better soon. From Blake

  21. Hey Sam, praying for you and your recovery. In 2013 I had a spinal cord injury to my c4,5,6. And was paralyzed from the shoulders down. If I could be any help to you in any way please let me know. Even if you just want to someone who has gone through a similar injury as you. God bless.

  22. Strong willed, determination, family, friends and your beautiful Fiance by your side will make this fight a little easier on you! You have such a great support team and fans from all over the world sending you love, strength and positive vibes every single day!

    Stay strong Sam and keep fighting!

    We are cheering for you!

    The DuVall Family

  23. Hey Sam,
    Keep your chin up mate and keep grinding.
    Your an inspiration to everyone back home mate and were a large part of my motivation to head to the states for college football. You got all the support you need and youve got the biggest determination ive seen from anyone i know.
    Keep up the fight TikTak
    Onya Mate,

  24. #3
    Good morning Sam,
    I pray this day finds you well. You are in our hearts and our prayers.

    “Never under estimate your strength, and never over estimate your weakness.”

  25. Sam you are truly an inspiration to our BMX community. My 11yr old son idolizes you, ge raced state titles on the weekend and made us get #strengthfor91 put in his jersey. He wanted to ride for you. Thank you for all your strength and determination!!! Best wishes for a full recovery mate!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  26. Thoughts and support to the best we have ever seen use all that horsepower and determination you amaze the world with on your road to recovery #Strengthfor91

  27. Sam-bro! Been thinking of you every day and always mate. Nothing else I can say, but, i’ve never wished so much for a speedy recovery as I have with you, the powers that be picked the wrong dude to F with I think, knowing how strong you are and will be gives me hope. All the best my friend.

  28. Your in the Mann Familie’s thoughts and prayers.

    “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

    God bless!!!


  29. We are all wishing you a speedy recovery here at Brighton Secondary School Sam.
    We are very proud that you are an old scholar and informed our students about your successes and your accident.
    We would like to send you a photo of our year 8 cohort holding up the BMX guernsey you signed and sent to Lori for us.

  30. From the moment we heard the news, we knew without a doubt that you WILLl be back on your feet. You’ve been an inspiration to many. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  31. Hello Sam, i’m sorry, i don’t speack English or in french.

    Je suis de tout cœur avec toi, j’ai était moi même victime de fracture C5 et C6 avec moelle épinière touché.
    J’ai était paralyser des membres inférieurs et supérieurs comme toi en 1997 lors d’une course Indoor de BMX en FRANCE.
    Je suis bien placer pour savoir par ou tu passes en ce moment, c’est un moment difficile mais j’ai réussi à m’en suis sortir grâce à ma volonté , le courage et le soutien de ma famille et mes proches.
    J’espère donc que tu y arriveras.
    Je te souhaite un bon rétablissement et beaucoup de courage pour ta rééducation, bats toi comme le grand champion que tu es.
    ON a hâte de te revoir sur les piste ou tout du moins debout à coté de nous.

  32. Sam, I remember first seeing you when you won the Aussie titles in Adelaide, you may have been 11 or 12 years old. We were out the back of the entertainment centre picking up bikes and I remember looking at this little blonde headed kid full of life and pride and thinking what a winner this kid is going to be and you sure turned out to be just that – a winner!! For all these years my BMX family (Warrnambool, Victoria) has followed you, our son Michael has ridden with you in the US, he keeps us updated with just ‘stuff’ and in a funny way we feel we know you. You are one of those people who without even trying, finds a place in a strangers heart and for that people love you and wish you only the best in your recovery. Your determination and training for all those years will get you through this Sam, find comfort in knowing that we are all behind you cheering you to the finish line.

  33. We are sending you positive vibes and prayers for your recovery. May your strength and courage and that of your loved ones get you through. Our little Shredders raced their hearts our fo you on the weekend at the QLD State Titles and may you feel all the love and support for our BMX family.

  34. Wishing you a full recovery Sam. Take each day as it comes and stay positive!! Best wishes from a former BMX family and from the 1989 18+ World Champ Jason Naumann. Our thoughts are with you.

  35. Our thoughts are with you, Alise and your family! Our boys watched you compete in Rio (from Ireland) and a few times in Reno when our boys raced BMX. We saw you race up close- you are an amazing athlete! Keep up the fight- if anyone can do it- you can! Always stay strong! We will be looking forward to seeing you back on your bike!
    The Jensens (California)

  36. Watched you compete at Rio and cheered you on with my 10 year old. We were proud Australians watching you. Devastated to hear of your accident but knowing your determination, time will be your only enemy. Good luck and hopeful to cheer you on again. Bridget and Dior

  37. From one Adelaidian to another I wish you all the best in your recovery! It will be long and tough, but from what I have seen and heard that is exactly what you are! Goodluck and stay srtong!!!

  38. Dear Sam,
    I haven’t met you, but as the current Principal of Hallett Cove South Primary School as a past student I have often heard you being talked about with great admiration. The values and personal qualities you displayed as a student in your time here have been reflected in your achievements and we hope that you can overcome the current obstacles that you face. As we celebrate our 40th birthday in late October I am sure that there will be many past staff and students acknowledging your successes and wishing you and your family well. All the best and please come back and visit when you are on the road to recovery.
    Regards Lyn Ferenci (Principal) and the Hallett Cove South Primary School Community.

  39. Get well soon Sam!! Can’t wait to see that you are healthy. At this point racing doesn’t matter. Although I would love to see you back on the track, I would also love to see you live the rest of your life happily with Alise. #StrengthFor91

  40. Hi Sam, we dont know each other, but I wish you all the strength and hopefully a continuing recovery! Keep working and fighting and always look ahead. My thoughts are with you, Alise and your whole family and friends! #strengthfor91 Moritz, Germany

  41. Stay Strong Mate !!! don’t look down , always straight ahead , focus past every obstacle a head!!!
    Your a Legend to us all in BMX . Respect!!
    Thought and prays to you . Stay on track CHAMP !!!

  42. Dear Sam,
    You are my favourite rider in BMX. I hope that you recover soon and are back on your bike and racing again. Our club is having a fund raising for you next Friday to support you.
    Ben Wyper
    Wanneroo BMX, WA.

  43. G’Day Sam, keeping you in our prayers and know that being the champion you are, you will continue to make great progress. Will be sending over soon a video of the Flaggy’s A grade GF win to you soon to keep your spirits up. Soar higher Falcon91.

  44. He who says he can, and he who says can’t are both usually right. So when you say you can recover and get back to racing, I believe you. Take your time, listen to your body. Be well and stay motivated. Prayers from Hawaii.

  45. It is the strong who get back up again. I was hit by a car 2 years ago. 19 broken bones in over 30 places. L1 and L2 crushed. Multiple organ damage. Head injury, double collapsed lungs on site, displaced heart, kidney and liver damage. I was lucky enough to have a couple of paramedics bring me back and an air ambulance to the Alfred. After a week in a coma I listened to and took all expert advice. Ate what the nutritionist suggeted, did every rehab exercise prescribed at the prescribed level plus a little more. Set 100’s of small goals then medium and longer term.
    If you work hard and listen to the experts you will be the best you can be. It takes time and it hurts but as an elite athlete you have what it takes. Best of luck and stay strong and focused like the elite athlete you are. Put all you have learned in training back in to your recovery and you will astound the doctors with your recovery.

  46. I wish you the best recovery. As the champion you are I have no doubts that you will find the energy to get back up. You have always been an inspiration and a model for so many riders (including me even if you are a few years younger!), I am sure you will get through this one. Keep fighting, the BMX world is on your side! Cheers 🙂

  47. Best wishes Sam for a full and speedy recovery. Take every day as it comes and just rise to the challenge as it presents itself – as you have done in your illustrious career to date. Stay strong, stay positive, stay true. Donald Lindsay, Seaford, VIC.

  48. I hope you get better and recover soon. Im in a wheelchair but I still use my upper half to the best of my ability. I am also a first Dan in karate. And no matter the situation I keep my chin up and do my damned best at everything I do. We are both fighters. Keep your head held high. Never give up. You can do anything if you believe. You will get there.. Oz oz oz!!!

  49. Sam your a focus and strong fighter! I know you will make great gains each day. You are in my prayers always and your in great hands. One moment at a time and fight like you know how! Philippians 4:13

  50. Hi Sam, I heard that you had a bad stack when you did it but I didn’t know about your injuries until I saw your story in the advertiser. Gee whiz dude it’s hard to take in, it’s great to hear you’re on the mend and getting some wins on the board, get well soon mate.

  51. Dear Sam, May the enormous amount of love you are surrounded with assist with your healing in the days to come , We will be supporting from afar, and we will be gladdened at every small gain that you make in the coming days. Trust and faith that you will have very experienced and caring specialists around you for your progression. Healing vibes are being sent. To Sharon and Colin, we are thinking of you ! Much love, Carol and Brian Smith, Rachelle Smith#999 and Josh Smith Bunbury, Redline Team Australia, Western Australia

  52. Hi Sam. I’ve been browsing thru all the #strengthfor91 posts on social media reading people’s words, photos & memories of how you have mde a difference to their lives. I hope their messages are helping.
    Today is Alex’s wedding day and it brought a memory of you two waving to me up in the stands at Glenelg Oval one Monday after the footy as you headed off to Flaggies U14s training. So many years have passed but those moments are still fresh in my mind.
    Stay strong in thoughts and body. Love to you Sharon & Colin XXOO

  53. Hi Sam, I just want to send you all the possitive energy you need on this new road, I am sure you will be a champ on this R2R. You need to go “baby steps” before you can run… Stay Strong! Regards from Chile.

  54. Good courage M. Willoughby. Since my daughters began BMX Race you are one of star we would like to follow because and your capacity to support this sport all over the world and your happy face all the time. Stay strong you and Mrs Post.
    Hi from France

  55. The Goodwin family and the whole SoCal BMX community is thinking of you and praying for you and all of those who love you. You’ve already accomplished physically what most people could never even dream of doing, this will serve you well as you work on your recovery!

  56. Dear Mrs Willoughby and Sam.
    Campus Tornadoes Pedal Prix Team are at MB24 this weekend. It is not the same without you here, Mrs Willoughby.
    Campus Tornadoes dedicate their racing to you and to Sam’s full return to 100% health.
    We will observe Rule 1 Have Fun and ride with the fun, tenacity and courage we know Sam applies to life.
    Go Sam! Go Campus!
    Very best wishes from us all at Campus Tornadoes Pedal Prix Team

    1. Thank you Ali and all of the Pedals Prixers I have been thinking of you all and wish you all the best for this tears 24 hour event I was really looking forward to being there with you all – I am there in spirit. Pedal hard and have fun.

  57. Tough times never last! Tough people do! you are such an inspiration to so many…
    Life if giving you a break before bigger n better things
    You got this! Stay strong ?

  58. Sending you positive vibes Sam from our Bmx Family to yours.
    Bmxers are built tough, plus you’re an Aussie and a true Champion with both physical and mental toughness!! This is just another bump in the road that you’ll get through.
    You’ve got this
    The Weber Family, Sunbury Australia Bmx Club

  59. Sam! No matter what the circumstances, know that you can rise above them! God is still on the throne and prayer changes things! Grandma in her youth paralyzed one side, was bed ridden for 5 years, till revelations came to her that God is mighty to heal! When she read Mark 11:24, I say unto you, what thing you desire, when you pray, BELIEVE that you are already receiving this thing, and you shall have it!” So she started to raise her hands up and praise God for the answer and seeing with her spirit how she is healed and she realized that both of her hands are up, even the hand that was paralyzed! That was the day she first walked and next day went to testify to church about the miracle God did in her life! I believe you will be healed! Keep believing! big hug from one of your fans!

  60. Not sure if Craig Hospital is where u r headed to rehab, but if it is I can guarantee you will love it there! I worked as an RN there for 4 years before moving back home to Australia and I can honestly say they are THE best at what they do, rehab after spinal cord injury. Feel free to ask me any questions you might have. Stay strong, stay positive and learn as much as you can while you are there.


  61. I was saddened to read all about your accident Sam, and how this has left you. Being the strong willed young man I’m sure you are, you will get through this. It may be a long road, but I’m sure the outcome will be positive.
    They say, everything happens for a reason. We never know what the reason, but I, along with some friends of mine who do “life” together, will all be praying for you. The more people caring and praying for you the stronger the force to your recovery.
    Keep strong, positive and know we care and our prayers and thoughts will be there everyday for you to get through the rehab and be back here in Adelaide soon.

  62. Best wishes Sam, you are on a new journey and you can beat this.
    10 month ago, I had a broken C2 vertebra following a cycling accident and I am walking.
    Remember it can be done.
    Stay positive.

  63. It was sad to hear about your injury, because you are top 3 BMX rider in the WORLD! You always showing great attitute, professionalism and courage in race. Best wishes and HOPE for your 100% health recovery and see you again on BMX.

    Best wishes from Latvia!

  64. Over 10yrs ago when my boys were in sprockets at The Cove BMX club they used to watch you in awe. You were their hero. Although they are no longer racing we have watched your progress all the way. We were shocked to hear that you had an accident, but as you face this next challenge in your life we believe with those around you and all the positive energies everyone of us is sending your way “You’ve Got This!” And we look forward to seeing you walking soon xx

  65. I practice BMX as an amateur and as a teacher for children, also work in a hospital where they treat the misfortunes by trauma. I try to convey to all my team the importance of always being focused on security. I always took you as an example, you are an exceptional person. Your every effort to heal Sam will be an example to so many healthy and sick people who follow you like a brother.

  66. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Sending you love and prayers. One day at a time and you will walk again i have no doubt. So proud of you for all your achievements and Go Crows.

  67. May your strong Australian attitude keep your spirits high and your recovery on the right trax.. Aussie – Aussie – Aussie! Best wishes are sent from home (Adelaide).

  68. Dear Sam,
    All the best in your recovery progress some miracle do happen and good things happen to those that wait. It’s going to be a long road ahead for u so I wish u all the luck to u and your family. Your young and fit so I hope u do well. So I say good luck to the Aussie. bmx rider.. ??????
    #strenghtfor91. ❤️

  69. Wishing you a speedy recovery Sam. With your strength and determination and support of your family and friends, I have no doubt you will do everything in your power to get back on your feet in no time. Take care.

  70. Wishing u a speedy recovery sam im a big fan of u and alise and is hoping to see u on a bike very soon u are my idol and on of the people that i have looked up to ever since i was introduced to the sport

  71. G’day Sam…I think you already know but just wanted to reinforce that the whole Flagstaff Hill Footy Community is right behind you mate. We’ll do everything we can to help with fundraising and promote it at every opportunity…and have already started. There is much love here for you mate…I hope you can feel it all those miles away. With your spirit and determination and the tremendous love and support of Alise, Mum, Dad and Matt and all the friends you’ve made, I have absolutely no doubt you’ll achieve your goals. Love to everyone.

  72. All the best in your recovery progress Sam thing do miracle happen and good things happen to those that wait. It’s going to be a long road ahead of u so I wish u all the luck to u and your family. Your young and fit so I hope u do well. So I say good luck to the Aussie bmx rider.. ??
    #strenghtfor91. ❤️

  73. Hi Sam,
    Sorry to hear about your accident. I’m an Adelaide gal who lived in the US for 23 years actually San Diego training and rehabbing action sports athletes. I just wanted to reach out to let you know that there is one of the best orthopedic surgeons in SD Dr William Previte.
    Also as Ally said previously it’s vital what you do in these next few months. I have some former bikers whom you can talk to who have sustained spinal cord injuries if you wish. The more you educate yourself in these early days could have a huge affect on your recovery. I wish you all the best and if I can help get you contacts please feel free to email me.
    Big hugs buddy.

  74. Champion bloke, Champion family, Your desire Sam and your family support will get you across the line, Stay strong young man. Regards, Max Stevens – Cycling Australia.

  75. So sad to hear anout this, but we believe uou can come back stronger, a new journey that as bad as it seems will make you into a stronger person, body and mind, if you beleive that it will happen, faith is powerful and visualizing your full revovery it Will make it be true, courage dear Sam you have the best blessing of all, people that care about you, GBY? The Orellana’s

  76. Hi ,
    I just came across your story in the news and your life changing circumstance – your fall at training. I did watch the Rio Olympics and watched most nearly all of the sports , including both the mens and women’s ( i had put before BMW racing before ! ) BMX racing , gusty stuff.
    I really don’t know much about you as a individual or your achievements ( so this is a bit awkward to write a post ) your sport or your family ,however i just thought i would post a few words so i hope its useful . When i saw the picture of you lying flat out in your bed with this sort of genuine relaxed smile it triggered in me a similarity to my own story , and it made me think , yep your going to do just fine .

    From my experience living in the now , or being present in the now , is so very important . Your attitude ,determination and resilience will be tested , and you will draw on it in different ways , but it looks like your up for it. Like the heights of your Elite sport , It wont be easy , but you will get through it , why because you can , as you know already what it takes to get to through the extremes , you have team behind you to support you every step of the way . The past is just that , the past .
    Be in the now .. because that is all we every have.
    I am not a spiritual person or anything like that but this helped me to recover , to always be presence, in the moment be the person , not a patient, a victim or a sufferer . All the best for each day beginnings.

    Sally O’Loughlin
    Dungog NSW

  77. Hi Sam, my names Rhys and I’m 8, and I want to donate $30 which I won when I came 2nd at my last carnival. I hope you get better soon because I really like watching you race. You are the best Sam. Do they give you ice cream and jelly in America when your in hospital.

  78. Sam, all the best on the recovery. There is lots we want to say to you at the moment but its not that important. Just know that you are Admired, Inspiring and my sons hero (Ill admit, mine too).
    Sending you positive vibes from the High Country in Victoria

  79. Get better you are my favorite BMX racer and I have been following you and always betting on you to win the opympics and I am always proud you got silver. The year after you got your silver I met you at interbike and we took a picture with you at the redline booth. Get well dude.

  80. Sam,

    The last time we spoke (Rio) you and i shared a special moment where you comforted me. I only pray i might be as kind and loving.

    Words can’t express my sorrow and shock over your accident.

    However, words don’t fail me when i think of how strong, willful, driven and purposeful you are
    and how much faith i have in your ability to recover from this both physically and mentally.

    You have always been inspiring in all you’ve done and i expect nothing less in this instance.

    You are and will always be a Champion.

  81. To Sam and his family, wishing you all the best both now and in the future. It takes a special sort of person to become a world champion and I’m sure you can use that determination to your advantage in your rehab. Good luck for the journey ahead. Darren, Tiffany, Daniel and Rachael Webb.

  82. Hi Sam, I remember you as a kid with a great smile and strong sense of resilience and determination. Everyone here at BSS is wishing you all the best in the days ahead.

  83. Sam, my 9 year old son chose you for his year 4 Olympic project. You’re a great inspiration and role model for us all. We wish you all the best in your recovery. Stay strong!

  84. Hi Sam sending all positive thoughts to you Sam. I’ve loved learning about the sacrifices you’ve made to succeed and been amazed at your strength. The world needs people like you and I’m sure you’ll tackle this with courage. Best wishes Craig Richards

  85. You have been a bmx inspiration to me and my kids, Sam, and I’m sure through your recovery – whatever the outcomes bring- that you will inspire us again. Once a champion, always a champion!
    Dave, Finn and Coen – members of Southlake BMX club

  86. Rest up sam South Austraila BMX Champion getting injured doing the sport you love my thoughts are with you family and friends colleagues and BMX followers/sport followers with all support will push you to get better all the best

  87. Good luck Sam, with your recovery, you are an inspiration to us all, you have done South Australia, and Australia proud, we are all behind you on your road to recovery .

  88. Fight the good fight Sam. We send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. You are a champion in every way. From School of the Nativity, part of Aberfoyle Park Primary School Campus.

  89. My family has been lucky enough to see you in action in the track and you have been an inspiration to both of my sons as they pursue their own BMX racing dreams. We all wish you the best, a speedy recovery, and are sending you our best healing energy. You are one of the greats, we look forward to the day you are out there racing again. Until then we will continue to send you our best, keep you in our thoughts, and try to honor the example you have set both on and off the track.

  90. Lot’s of healing vibes, positive thoughts, & BMX family love coming your way. Although the road to recovery may be a tough one, you are tougher! Stay strong my friend and know we are all here behind you.

  91. Hi Sam.

    When I heard the news it was hard to believe, but I know you have the strength and love from everyone to get back on your feet. All the best in your recovery if anyone can do it you can. Joffa/ Former State Champion in the 80’s

  92. Without fully knowing your impact, you have been there for many individuals when they needed inspiration and courage to face their challenges. Now it is time for us to rally in your corner. Sending positive thoughts to you and your family.

  93. To Sam,
    Wishing you a speedy recovery.
    To represent Australia in BMX for the Olympics shows your strength and determination.
    Keep positive and I wish you all the good luck that could be sent your way in your recovery.
    You will get through this!


  94. Sam, you have inspired my three boys to get out on the bikes and ride. For that alone we are so grateful! Wishing you a full recovery and if you never race again, always remember that you have inspired many and made a real difference. Now, it’s about you and getting your body better!

  95. Go Crows Go Sam. This from a 58 y.o. bicycle nut in Adelaide. Mate if I can fix up some of those rusty old clunker bikes to look like new, you & others can easily fix youself. Trust in family,friends & God. You have the best smile of any sportsperson I have ever seen, inluding Anna Meares.

  96. We love you, Sam! We are praying for you and sending vibes of wellness and positive energy. You got this!
    Love from The McQ Zoo
    Brett, Brooke, Jack and Lander

  97. All the team at Bicycle Network are thinking of you and wish you a full recovery.
    We look forward to seeing you back one day for the Happiness Cycle events that you have been such a great inspiration for 1000’s of young Aussie kids.
    No doubt you will continue to inspire as you tackle this tough injury and please always remember that we are all behind you.
    The Bicycle Network team.

  98. Hi Sam, I’m glad to hear that your making positive progress 🙂 I have a lot of fond memories of your early BMX days that still inspire me today.. All I hope is that your spirit stays as strong now as it was then. All best wishes

  99. Sam , bad news , If anyone can get through this than you can. Smashed my C1 and C5 January two years ago on a mountainbike. Back on the bike now.
    Long slog ahead but keep your spirits up and always remember there is light on the end of this tunnel.
    Hang in there mate , a full recovery is possible.

  100. Hey Sam, always be positive. 1990 I had a major spinal and head injuries. In fact lost all my memory I was 30 at the time and remember very little pre accident. Then had the prospect of been a quad or at best a paraplegic. Those days we had no rehad. Just sit lie down and walk for nearly 12 months.
    Feeling for you at this time but never give up and be positive. Since then I ran the Melbourne Marathon about 2 1/2 years after accident. Had some amazing jobs even though can never remembering been a Diesel Mechanic pre accident.
    Its not about if, its when. Chances are you may never recover 100% the thing is though to keep giving it your best shot. Trying will usually get you no where, its the why and the positive. That gets you through. There will be hard time. Ups and down etc.
    The good thing is if you keep positive, not over doing it but doing what you need to do what ever will be will be.
    With the amazing jobs I’ve had, the amazing life thats out there. Not knowing you besides whats on the news. Keep doing what is possible.
    Remember impossible is only once you have attempted it and the trials and changes have not worked then it might be impossible. Then again, just change and do your best.

    Do what you can, when you can and think of this. Life has changed, Determination just gets bigger.
    Listen to a Mariah Carey son “Hero” listen to the words there is a lot you can take from it.
    Life is not about trying or learning, Life is about doing, attempting and doing.
    If you never can ride a bike again, thats ok, do what you find positive and it gives you the edge.
    There is always something you can do, always something that will give you a buzz. Just make the most of each day.

  101. You’re a champion Sam! You’ll be out killing it again in no time, be patient & take time for your recovery, you’re fans will still be there when you’re ready! Thinking of you & your family & sending your good vibes! SGM, Adelaide

  102. Hey Sam. Having been through a very similar accident myself 7 months ago and breaking my spine in a cycling accident. I know that the coming months are going to be tough. Just remember that you can achieve anything and draw on the strengths and your past fitness to get you through. My family had shirts made up with “#get pat home” and “put your positive pants on”. Continue along this new journey and you will get through this with great support from the medical staff and above all your family.
    All the best mate. Contact me if you want to chat about the journey
    Cheers Pat McGill

  103. Hey buddy, i don’t know if you read these or remember me but my name is Adam Morphett i played footy with you at flaggys a few years ago. i now live in Canada and jut wanted you to know that even while i was working i watched the finals in rio and had everyone watching the tv. I’m sorry to hear whats happened as from as much as i can remember you a tough kid and i know you will get through it. good luck bud and keep positive!

  104. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Wishing you a speedy recovery and Henry sends a big hug to your mum.

    Stay strong…….all our love The Ayles Family (Henry Ayles – Thiele Primary School)

  105. I wish you the best recovery in the first three months since your injury so that you can regain as much function as possible. Not knowing you, I can only hope that you do as much as possible each day in your rehab. That you are able to have both your physical and psychosocial needs met. It will be a new way of being and a new way of doing things. I hope you are kind and compassionate to yourself, and that you are able to appreciate those who are closest to you – they will likely stay stronger when you need them most.

  106. Hey Sam, my name’s Ally. I received a spinal cord injury in 2009. What the docs can do is amazing huh. I wanted to share this message with you though because what you do in this first few months and years is so vital – it’s SO much harder later to create the change. But i know how hard it is to keep believing and working towards it when parts just feel completely non-responsive, it’s so damn frustrating & you just wanna hope instead if continuing to send the message from brain so the nerve path rewires a new road. But being western medicine, they didn’t really make that clear for me, & I wish I’d understood then, how much it was all up to me, & how important the early months and year/s are for me tk be proactive every day. Have courage Sam, it’s a long challenging journey that’s hard to stay with, but it teaches you real presence which is a massive gift in our crazy distracted world that misses life, and the delicate balance between acceptance and the amazing creative power of the mind. Thete’s a yoga teacher with a spinal cord injury in America. Can’t recommend enough seeing him before you leave. Yoga makes change, lots of it, it works directly through the nervous system & calms the mind & body & gets you present enough for the rewiring. That and acupuncture, both have proven results – I’vedone the reading. So here’s my original message. Big love to ya Sam. Get in touch if you need a chat.

    Aah mate. Been there. Am there. Move as much as you can NOW. Don’t stop. For two years. Visualise your bladder and bowel working every time until they do. Rewire the connection. It’s tough as, but don’t assume it will all return by itself, it needs the mind and the body to both be involved, over and over again imagine everything working, focus completely on one part you can’t move or feel at a time, many times a day. Especially NOW. The rewiring is competely up to you, you have to actively do it, even though it feels so impossible. You do run out of time. You have to do it now. You can. All my love.

  107. Wish you all the best Sam.
    Stay strong and be patient.
    I personally know this situation, it will be a long way for you and your family but don’t give up.
    You have so many things to do!
    Our best thoughts from France to you, Alise and your family.

  108. Sam, I believe you were *the best* at the olympics and whatever happened in the final is of no concern now.
    I hope you can use your strong winner/sports focus that you have while recovering and let’s agree that you will win the gold medal in medical recovery.
    I wish you all the best and really hope you will recover well.

  109. Sam you have made a tremendous contribution to the sport and we pray you make a full recovery. If you attack the rehab like you did BMX I am confident you will be successful. We all look upto you from my Grandkids to myself. We pray for a full recovery.

    Good Luck….
    Rick McVinnie and Family

  110. Sending you all lots of love and support as you continue your recovery! You have everything it takes to beat this, especially a strong support system. We are all pulling for you and wishing you the very very best. The Brown Family – Beth, Michael, Samantha and Josh #Strengthfor91, #BMXFamilyStrong

  111. Sam I Am…. I KNOW you can do this!!!
    When I broke my neck 4 years ago while out riding my horse it was @ C-7 and not knowing I had broken my neck, I got back on my horse to ride back to my trailer…I thought I had just broken a rib or ruptured my spleen… tell tale sign was I couldn’t feel my fingers on my left hand…. Long story short; I had grafts from my hip bones removed to “build a cage” for my vertebrae and am fused with a titanium plate from C 5-7…. Today Im back riding my horse….Lots of prayers and Lots of Therapy… You can do this!!! We love you ?

  112. Hey Sam,
    I’m so sorry this happened. By all accounts, you are getting excellent treatment and have a ton of support and a great attitude. Even so, there will be some hard days sometimes with this. Just remember that sometimes progress isn’t linear or noticeable, but it’s always there. I’m a figure skater, and I sustained severe brain damage when I was 22, and was off the ice for 17 years. Now I’m back on and training and coaching again, with my sights set on competition. 🙂
    Hang in there! You’ve got this.

  113. Hi, my son HUERTAS NANS 40H and me send you from france the best vibes we can. I know personaly whats happen in this moments, you must fight and we’re sure to see you next in tracks ! Be quiet, patient, and make every day some progress and this will be a bad memory . Be strong. Be you.

  114. Watched you at the pro am in Everett, Washington back a few years ago. My kids and I were rooting you on then and we still do the same today!! Prayers for a speedy recovery Sam!!

  115. Hi Sam, sending best wishes for a speedy recovery – if prognosis and rehab are not great – don’t forget life continues and you can make it whatever you want it to be! Give me a shout if you wanna chat.
    Sean, x-BMXer, injured SCI Skier, now Winter Paralympian and World WaterSki Champion

  116. You have always showed class every time I’ve talked to you or seen you in public. Good things happen to good people and with the 100’s of Thousands of prayers coming your way, I believe he has you in his hands. The Harris’ will continue to pray for you and we encourage everyone to donate and help you surpass this goal. Heal quick and prayers to you, Alise and your families…..

  117. Sam – I am a paraplegic 44 yr old bmx racer, mild downhill lover, father, mtn climber and back country skier. I am 24 years post injury / L-1 spinal fusion living my dream of an active lifestyle. Very few people know/understand the challenges that we conquer every day. While I am no Olympian, I would be honored to help you with my experience and lessons learned. I have been inspired by your amazing accomplishments, and would be honored to be able to help you if I may. Consider me a resource – no questions are too personal. You WILL conquer this and be an inspiration to everyone the world over! I have also sent you a facebook message with my contact info.

  118. With the training regimen that you have kept all these years, and your work ethic and your ability to stay focused I feel confident a full recovery will be made. I have watched many of your youtube videos and it’s your ethics that really made me a fan. That doesn’t go away with an accident. It will take time and will be greatly frustrating at times, but with your determination, and all the support you have behind you, you got this. Just keep your head up.

  119. Sam, you’ve always had next level drive and determination. Just like Shooter said, you’re the 1 guy that will punch this challenge right in the mouth. Praying for you bud!

  120. You were an instant legend in our sport and in our country from the first time you raced the Aba Grands blowing the doors off of everyone in the ROC race to placing 4th in AA in the Grands. Everyone sat back in awe of who this Aussie kid was riding for Formula. We all quickly learned as the Name Sam Willoughby would be permanently echoed for the rest of time in BMX racing. Well now you will inspire millions more as you come back to get on your feet and I’m sure pedaling once again. You have all the strength in the world in that heart of yours and you have all the strength from the BMX community backing you. Do work!!

  121. While we know the road is long ahead, we’ve all seen the extraordinary amount of strength and grace you’ve had when facing other challenges. You, Alise, and your family will be in our thoughts.

  122. We are all sending positive healing vibes to you Sam. Your our BMX family and we are all thinking about you and your family .and sending all our love to you all.
    Southside BMX WA

  123. We’re praying for you. With 3 Minnesota kids who ride BMX, Alise Post and Sam Willoughby are household names here. There isn’t a day that goes by we’re not thinking of you guys. We love you. ❤❤❤ Jack, James and Victoria Plummer

  124. Best wishes for a strong and full recovery Sam. Best wishes to Alise, her family and of course your family as well.
    You are a truly amazing being and this will be another chapter in the incredible story of Sam Willoughby.
    Positive energy, very strong thoughts for you.
    Greg Hewitt

  125. Sam,
    You are in this familie’s hearts, and our prayers. Remeber, One day at a time, and if that gets to much, just take one hour at a time.
    God bless from The Mann Family (Tim, Joy, Zephin, Kaili, and Lady

  126. Keep fighting champion! If anyone can get thru this you can!! You’re a bloody legend!!! Still remember you ripping round on your treddly as a lil grom with that massive infectious grin.

  127. Sam: You, Alise and family are in our daily prayers. You have the heart of a champion, and that is going to be a huge asset as you attack this next challenge. You will triumph, of that we have no doubt.

    —Mike, Lyn, Fiona and Jordan Carruth

  128. No-one knows how long the road to recovery is, certainly not at this stage. Never loose site of the fact that every tiny little step gets you closer to the end. Sure there will be lots of messages of support but there will be times when it is you and those closest working hard. It ain’t going to be easy but then becoming a world champ isn’t easy. One step at a time, heal fast, heal well.

  129. Stay strong Sam,You have so much to fight for.Thinking of you also Mrs Willoughby ,Our fingers are crossed for you all.xx Cyndi,Katie,Emily and maddie Vince.Trott Park.

  130. We are all cheering you on to win Rehab!! Everyone at Richmond BMX sends their love, thoughts and prayers. We will do what we can by hosting a benefit race on October 23rd with 100% of entries, raffles and concessions going toward your road2recovery fund. #strengthfor91

  131. Your a great person Sam and your Alice and your family are very proud of you. The brain is the force so we send to you millions of good vibes from Chile. My son says that the best memories in Medellin’ Hotel were saw you and other great riders, especially encause we had a room at the same floor than you.
    So we wich a slowly but strongly recovery, you will be fine??????????

  132. Bon courage et rétablissement pour cette épreuve difficile que tu surmontera avec ton courage, ta force et ton bonne état d’esprit et aussi avec l’aide de ta famille, t’es amis et de toutes les personnes du monde du BMX car on est tous une famille et on est là pour toi. Je te souhaite le meilleur pour la suite bon courage
    J’ai hâte de te revoir sur les pistes de BMX car je suis un très grand fan de toi.
    Toutes mes pensées à toi et ta famille
    Biss de la France
    Fabrice #99

    1. We’re thinking of you and praying for you. Watched the 60 Minutes coverage, and so encouraged that you’re surrounded by such support and so incredibly positive. Love that smile! You’re an inspiration. We love you. Minnesota – Kristin Ardery and Jack, James and Victoria Plummer ❤❤❤

  133. Sam, so many of us here in Adelaide (specifically Thiele Primary School – ps. we adore your Mum) send you love & light. It must be incredibly difficult for you but please know that we have utter faith that your natural fighting spirit will get you through this. I’m sure each day feels like forever but in the mean time please know that we believe you’re an absolute champion, you make us so proud & we are thinking of you non stop. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger & “you will survive this”!

  134. Sam you are my sons idol for so many deserving reasons, burn now you are his hero because Hero’s get back up again when life kicks you down. We are all behind you and are here to give you strength and support. Stay strong and positive, you’ve got this. Love from the Green family, Redlands bmx club qld.

  135. Hope you exceed expectations when it comes to your recovery, you will always be a champion no matter what. Positive thoughts are with you, your girl and your family.

  136. I understand what you are going through. a few years ago at the age of 45 I shattered c5-c6 going over the bars dirt jumping. I ended up looking at my butt. I had surgery a 5-6 fusion with plates and screws and was back on my feet six months later. The point is if an old broken old school bmx racer can recover and race again then I believe you young man will also. may god help you in a fast and complete recovery! may god bless you! Have patience it wont’ come fast but god willing it will come!

  137. Stay strong Sam, you know us Aussies all send you our love and support across the sea. You’re a local and a fantastic Crows supporter #weflyasone to send you the strength and determination backup you need, to get through this road to recovery. xxx

  138. Sam,
    You are a modern day hero, and a giant in the sport. My son idolises you, and we all wish you the best for a fast recovery. Please stay positive. You have a tough road ahead but you have shown grit and determination in the past. Stay Strong.
    Wanneroo BMX

  139. Sam you’ve been an inspiration to many from the BMX World and sporting communities. You took BMX to the next level showing not just great talent but also how hard work and dedication to your sport can reap great results and rewards. Every step you took in your career was carefully planned with meticulous detail and now you find yourself in a place where that mind set will propel you forward to a successful recovery. Stay strong young man and know that you are supported across the World by those whose lives you have touched with your amazing achievements. Much love from Jenny, Alan and Ben Phillips and Josh, Michelle and Sophie Webb xoxo

  140. Best wishes to Sam, and also Sharon & Colin & Alise. Sam you have always been a determine young man, I can remember your strong personality when you were a toddler at playgroup with my boys! It has helped your reach great heights in your sport. Now a hurdle to test you. Your injury is very close to home for us. Our daughters boyfriend has a similar injury and surgery in October last year diving into a shallow pool on his footy trip in Cairns. The first 3 months were the toughest but he has recovered very well and surprised everyone by returning to footy 6 months after his accident. Stay positive, and recover quickly, love from the Dunn Family.

  141. Wishing you all the best Sam, used to watch you race with my grandsons at Happy Valley, a truly inspiring BMX rider. All my love to your family, thinking of them also

  142. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. You got this, just another race to win. Keep pushing hard, we are looking forward to seeing you back on your bike. You have inspired so many racing, now do the same with your recovery. The Graves Family Palm Beach Fl.

  143. Wishing you all the best on your road to recovery Sam, your an inspiration to kids of all ages, Stay Strong!
    Sending Love and Support from everyone at Lake Macquarie BMX ???

  144. Good to hear sensation is returning in the legs – a very positive sign. Everyone who knows Sam would be wishing him all the best and a full, speedy recovery.

  145. Hey Sam its Dicko. Go hard or go home ay. All the best mate and I hope you have a speedy recovery. You’ve done all us Aussies proud. Keep it cool brother, all the best. ??

  146. Noooo Sam Willoughby…not the news we wanted to hear about you… sorry .This will be the hardest track you have ever climbed, but you have all of Australia behind you. Go Sam you can do this.. Much love ??????

  147. Sam, you are an inspiration – as much for the person you are as for the success you’ve had. I wish you all the best in your recovery and will check this site regularly for updates on your progress.

  148. You have been such an inspiration to the youth of our sport with your skill and stamina. Continue to inspire them with your will to fight. My daughters friend had a severe spinal cord injury eighteen months ago. She’s finally walking again but she said her biggest battle wasn’t her body – it was her brain. Stay tough and never give up. You are a champion. Show us what you’ve got. Riders ready!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  149. We’re thinking of u Tic Tac … hang in there matey, ur a tough dude 🙂 , you will get through this like the champ u are … on the down days and I’m sure there will be a few try to remember this .. “I complained because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet” .. there is always someone worse off … This saying helped get me back up after a fairly hefty heart attack and its very true … I hope it helps … Cheers for now Cam n Rae Ayres

    1. Thanks Cameron very true words we are celebrating every positive step as a win
      Appreciate your support and thoughts

  150. Best of wishes for a speedy recovery mate.

    Was a shock reading about your crash, but I know you are strong and that you will come out good in the end.

    Stay Positive 🙂

  151. I really hope you get well soon. Your mum was a teacher of mine when I was in Year 5 (about 4 years ago) at Bellevue Heights Primary. Tell her I said hi. Hope you heal up soon 🙂 x

    1. Thank you Amber we appreciate your support It is
      lovely to hear from you I hope everything. is going well for you Lets hope and pray that he Willoughby ok

  152. Get well soon our son Jarrod Almond spoke of your achievements and how you occasionally rode together at the Happy Valley BMX track. He was very proud of your achievements and dream. Unfortunately he died last year but he would have wanted to support you in your recovery so please accept our donation and all the best on a speedy and full recovery. David. Linda and Alicia Almond

  153. Stay strong you are a CHAMPION!! take strength from God and thise who love you !! We are rooting for you I have watched you ride.. always running from the gate were my daughter races to watch you almost missing her motos… keep your head up !! And know we the world is rooting for you!

  154. Sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your family Sam – your tremendous fighting spirit will serve you well as you begin the road to recovery. Those from Flagstaff Hill will be right behind you.

    1. Thank you Sue Craig and Tom We appreciate your support and prayers for Sam’s recovery Let hope and pray he Willoughby ok

  155. All the best with your recovery Sam. if anyone can get through it, you can. my thoughts are with you, Alise and your support network at this time. #strengthfor91

  156. Come on sam your an aussie. We are strong in mind body and soul. This little set bact with get you prepared for bigger and better things they will wait you at the end of this journey. Whether it be racing again our just being lucky enought to spend some quality time with the family. You are on of the biggest stars my 8 year old son Tyler looks up to and one day hopes to hug you and tell you it well all be ok and most of all just keep smiling no matter!!

  157. I have always been a fan !! Your smile amazes me something about it .. you are a champion .. keep close to God and the friends and family that you hold dear to your heart and I know with God ,them, and your champion spirit you will get through this !! Till then we will be rooting for you!!

  158. Thinking of you Sharon and family during this difficult time.
    Keep fighting Sam.
    Love and best wishes.
    The Smart family [Lyn, Alan, Nikki and Trent. [Aberfoyle Park]

  159. I’m sick in my stomach thinking about what you must be going through, you are champion and will always be a champion. That’s why I’m confident you will get back on your feet. You’re very lucky that you are the man you are, champion always find a way to over come any problems put in front of them. Stay strong legend, me and my families thoughts are with you and your family.

  160. Heel veel bent een groot voorbeeld voor mij.ik hoop later ook zo goed te worden.
    Ook veel sterkte voor jou familie.groetjes stijn van soest 10 jaar

  161. Goodluck SAM and all the BEST for your recovery mate! You got a long road ahead and we all believe in you..Staystrong and look forward to seeing you back on the track one day.
    Sending lots of LOVE & SUPPORT for you and your family from all your BMX family in Perth. WESTOZ!

    1. bon rétablissement et surtout beaucoup de courage et espérons te revoir sur une piste , tu es une de mes idoles, je t’ai vu a Rotterdam où nous étions dans la meme résidence, le temps il va t’en falloir, mais je sais que tu y arriveras, en plus aux cotes q”Alise ; bon courage d’une Française

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