Sam I Am features Sam who is 21 years old and lives with Down syndrome. In 2020 Sam decided to compete in the Battle of Benton, a tough CrossFit event attracting athletes from all over NSW – he is the only participant with a disability.
Sam is 20 years old, passionate about sport and fitness. He doesn’t like to sit still much and loves dancing, surfing, zip lining, soccer, swimming, athletics, triathlons and AFL.
Sam was born with Down Syndrome and doesn’t let his disability define him. He is always training for fitness competitions to challenge himself. He does dead lifts of 100kg and says, “it’s easy!”
Even a global pandemic cannot stop Sam – he continues to train online with personal trainer Jodi for the upcoming Bay Games 2020 and has lost 10kg in the process. He recently addressed a NSW Down Syndrome Conference on the importance of staying fit, and has started dating a girl who like him, lives with Down syndrome and is an athlete. Sam also coaches AFL and works at the local Bakery.
Hiromi is based on the Far South Coast of NSW and has 20+ years of film, TV, and advertising industry production experience. She believes that whether it’s a still shoot, a short film, a 30 second TVC, a feature length drama or documentary, the same production principles and collaborative process hold true in telling a visual story.