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Athlete Spotlight: Sam Effah

February 25, 2016

SAM EFFAH: 2015 ATHLETES IN EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNER

Sam Effah is fast. Sam Effah is strong. Sam Effah is goal driven.

More importantly, Sam Effah knows these traits reach their best potential when shared with others. Even as a college student, studying hard and training equally hard, Sam Effah placed a high value on mentoring youth about sport, healthy living, and achieving goals.

Sam Effah speaks as an Ambassador for Right to Play.

Sam Effah speaks as an Ambassador for Right to Play.

Now, as he trains for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Sam continues to devote his time to organizations such as Classroom Champions as a Mentor and Right to Play as an ambassador. Giddeon Massie of Classroom Champions nominated Sam for The 2015 Athletes in Excellence Award and commented that Sam is “tremendously invested in making time for his students and cherishes their feedback and desire to learn more from him. I believe Sam will continue to be a well-respected presence among his peers and in his community.”

For Sam, it’s important to him to share his time and energy with organizations that are making a difference in the lives of underserved youth. But as he gives, he also receives – the youth he mentors have formed a mini Sam Effah fan club. Their excitement and cheering him on have him “dreaming big.”

Teacher Michelle Munro introduces her Grade 6 students to Canadian sprinter Sam Effah via Internet link on Monday morning. The Grade 5 classroom in the school also viewed the interchange between the sprinter and the Grade 6 students. ©ProvoST NEwS PhoTo.

Teacher Michelle Munro introduces her Grade 6 students to Canadian sprinter Sam Effah via Internet link on Monday morning. The Grade 5
classroom in the school also viewed the interchange between the sprinter and the Grade 6 students. ©ProvoST NEwS PhoTo.

Sam Effah Trailer from 403K Films on Vimeo.

 

Community Service Activities

  • Mentor – Classroom Champions (2014, 2015)
  • Ambassador – Right to Play
  • Esteem Team Canada Speaker
  • RBC Olympian with RBC Bank

Athletic Accomplishments

  • Fastest man in Canadian University History
  • Competed at the World Championships in Athletics (2009, 2011, 2013) in Russia, South Korea, and Germany
  • Competed at the World University Games (2009, 2011, 2013) in Serbia, China, and Russia
  • 4th fastest Canadian ever in the 100m race
  • Consecutive 4-time Canadian Interuniversity Sport Athlete of the Year
  • 3-Time Athletics Alberta Open Athlete of the Year
  • 2-Time Canadian National Champion
  • Consecutive 2-Time Dr. Fred Tees Memorial Trophy (awarded to Canada’s top University athlete)
  • University of Calgary Athlete of the Year
  • 2009 Canada Games – Gold (200m)
  • 2010 Miramar – Gold (100m)
  • Rio 2016 Hopeful

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