Cycling Mountain Bike
Birth Date:  25 Jun 1990
Place of Birth:  CLYDE
Country of birth:  NZL
Age:  27
Gender:   Female
Height (cm):  166
Weight (Kg):  50

Events and Medals

Sport Event Rank
MTB Cycling Mountain Bike Women's Cross-country 9

Samara SHEPPARD - Schedule

Start Time Event Status
Thu, 12 Apr 10:31
Gold Medal Event Women's Cross-country

Biographical Information

World Championships
2017 Cairns, AUS Women's Cross Country 28 8.29

Nickname: Sam, Kiwi (Athlete, 12 Jan 2018)

Outdoors, hiking, beach (Athlete, 12 Jan 2018)

Occupation: "Receptionist at a physio clinic." (Athlete, 12 Jan 2018)
Education: Communications at Massey University, New Zealand
Languages spoken: English

PERSONAL: Kyle WARD (AUS) (Athlete, 12 Jan 2018)


"I rode for a UCI road team one year and we were racing the Giro d'Italia and I came around a corner too fast, the seal wasn’t very good and I came off and slid into a gutter’s edge. I hit the edge on my tailbone and cracked my sacrum. That was a one-off crash on road cycling in 2014. I couldn’t really move. It was lucky, because I flew back from Europe in business class - which I had never done before. It took a good three months to recover. My glutes switched off, so that glute activation took a year to get the muscles firing to what they did before." (Athlete, 12 Jan 2018)

Reason: "I used to be a keen runner, but I kept getting injured, so my dad was like let’s go mountain biking. I went with him and his friends, they then entered me into the local PNP series. I won my first race and was like, ‘This is awesome.’" (Athlete, 12 Jan 2018)
Ambition: "The (Tokyo) 2020 Olympics is a real dream of mine. I’ve been consistently improving over the past couple of years, to keep building on that and see what happens." (Athlete, 12 Jan 2018)
Memorable: "As an U23 rider I won a World Cup in Mont Sainte-Anne in Canada and then last year (2017) I won the New Zealand Championships as an elite and Oceania Championships as an elite. That was my first time winning elite titles." (Athlete, 12 Jan 2018)
Influence: "My close friends and family inspire me. I did a lot of cycling with Kate MCILROY (NZL), she's been a huge inspiration. She's an Olympian and a triathlete, and does a lot of cycling. On the mountain bike scene, Gunn-Rita DAHLE FLESJA (NOR) and Sabine SPITZ (GER). They’re in their 40s and they’re still competing and getting on podiums, so I think that’s inspiring." (Athlete, 12 Jan 2018)
Ritual: "I like to have risotto, my partner makes a really good risotto, and a glass of Pinot." (Athlete, 12 Jan 2018)
Additional information

Has lived in Wollongong, Australia, for the last couple of years with her partner Kyle WARD (AUS), who is also her coach. (Athlete, 12 Jan 2018)

2017 New Zealand Elite Mountain Bike Champion and Oceania Champion. (Twitter, 12 Jan 2018)

Social Media


Gold: Gold
Silver: Silver
Bronze: Bronze
Gold Medal Event: Gold Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event: Bronze Medal Event

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