Inspiring triathletes: “Super Sam” Holness – a triathlete who just happens to have Autism

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“I am a Triathlete that just happens to have Autism, and I am going to be awesome,” says Sam Holness. “My training schedule is like any Age-Group or Elite Triathlete where I train between 20-24 hours per week. Being a Triathlete is the greatest job in the world as I get an opportunity to do something I enjoy, travel to new venues and meet other athletes.”

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Earlier this year Hoka One One released a video on Holness, a British triathlete from London with autism who graduated with a BSc in Sports Science from St. Mary’s University.

With support from his father Anthony, “Super Sam” trains hard with guidance from a number of coaches, along with a number of local training groups. “Only 16 per cent of people with autism have full-time jobs,” Anthony says. “Triathlon gave him so much confidence and self esteem.” 

Holness is motivated and certainly puts his heart and soul into the sport with dreams about getting to the world championships at a variety of different distances. Watch below – he’ll make you want to get out and train to be your best.