Sam Riley is one of Australia’s most recognised sporting personalities. A swimming champion, a successful business owner and a sought-after speaker, she is a respected advocate for women, sport and the community. A star of the pool in the 1990s, she has since positioned herself as a leader in both business and the community after creating the Sam Riley Swim Schools.
Sam competed in the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics winning one silver and two bronze medals, which also gave her the honour of being the first Australian indigenous athlete to win an Olympic medal. In addition, Sam holds a Medal of the Order of Australia, and was both Queensland and Australian Sportsperson of the Year in 1994. That same year Sam was also awarded World Female Swimmer of the Year.
Sam has been heavily involved in several fundraising charities including Olivia Newton Johns Cancer and Wellness Centre’s ‘The Great Walk to Beijing’, the Raise the Youth Mentoring Foundation, Royal Life Saving Keep Watch Program, Mater Healthy Start Program, and Asthma Australia.
Sam is committed to the Gold Coast community and has a special interest in grassroots football, which her three boys take part in locally.