‘My name is Samanta Almeida Bullock. I have been in a wheelchair since 1992 and played professional wheelchair tennis from 2003 until 2009 representing Brazil in three World Team Cups.
I am also a model, public speaker and advocate for inclusion and have created this website to share some thoughts, pictures and videos about my life and career.
I am living in England and I’m doing various things here, including helping disabled children and new players from developing countries, which I enjoy very much.
I also speak to groups and at conferences about the importance of sport and an active life style in the rehabilitation and life of wheelchair users and tell a little about my story.
Please take some time to have a look at my website and I look forward to receiving your messages, ideas, thoughts, questions, etc, and I will reply as soon as possible.’
Article from: http://www.kueschall.ch
Successful in her chosen career, physically active and happy in her personal life. Sam is living proof that a wheelchair does not have to be an obstacle to achieving any of these goals. Born in 1978 in Osorio-Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, Sam’s life changed forever at the tender age of just 14, when a bullet wound left her paraplegic.
Before her accident, Sam was a keen tennis player and had been playing the sport for seven years. Her initial experiences with wheelchairs left her feeling very depressed: “The first wheelchair that I was given while still at the clinic was simply terrible. It was much too big and heavy and my legs were positioned too far forward.” However, that was a long time ago. Thankfully there have been many positive changes in the life of this young woman since then. She can now look back proudly at what she has already achieved and has every reason to feel optimistic about the future.
Many people dream of being a model. Not so long ago, a career in modelling would have been completely unthinkable for wheelchair users. However, thanks to brave and confident people like Sam that, the negative perception of wheelchair users that unfortunately still exists in our society is gradually changing, as Sam explains: “As a model, I am subject to exactly the same demands as every other model. In other words, I have to be very disciplined when it comes to my diet, I have to be active, I have to count calories just like other models and, of course, I have to look after my appearance.”
Her favourite sports include tennis, swimming and handcycling. For Sam, sport is not just a necessary evil for staying in shape. She is an active individual through and through. She loves moving in water and enjoys handcycling with her Top End XLT Pro.
And if all that wasn’t enough, she accompanied her husband Mark Bullock, in his former role as ITF Wheelchair Tennis Manager to numerous tennis events as well as visits to rehabilitation centres, conferences and lectures at universities. She now works with Mark promoting inclusive sport and physical activity encouraging more disabled people to be active.