In September 2008 Samantha Murray returned from the Special Need Olympic Games in Shanghai a winner. Samantha represented the Great British Female Football team, not only did she score two goals, one being the winner against Greece in the final but Samantha finished Top Goalscorer for the tournament , Player of the Tournament & to cap it all won the British Athlete of the Year Award.
Samantha adds these awards to Two Gold Medals from the Olympic Games the previous year for the 200m & 400m respectively. Samantha also won a silver at these games as part of the relay team. Samantha has achieved a great deal in the world of sport over a number of years, being a Scottish & British weightlifting champion, swimming champion, netball champion, badminton champion & to cap it all off Samantha also won the British under 23 womens Cross Country race.
A delighted Samantha added "obviously I was honoured to represent Britain at the games, I am delighted to have won another gold medal. I put down much of my success to the coaching & development from the age of 8 years from Alex & his team at The Gladiators, not only have I achieved on a sporting level but fortunately Alex has managed to offer me an employment opportunity. This allows me to both train & work. I would also like to thank Councillor Gerard Leonard for his help in getting me to the games in Shanghai, if it had not been for him & the likes of Alex Weir and his team at GERA & once again the generosity of The Gladiator Programme, all three groups contributed to make my trip possible for this I will be forever grateful".<< Back