Young Adventurer of the Year
SAM GREW UP in the small country
Victoria town of Orbost but at just 22 has already achieved big things. In June 2016 he became the first person to successfully traverse Australia’s most challenging 4WD track, the 1850km Canning Stock Route, in WA, on an electric ‘fat bike’. The resourceful engineering student towed a trailer he whipped up from an old trampoline on which he’d mounted solar panels and a battery. In this, he carried all the gear for the lengthy expedition. Sam’s a sustainability champion and dedicated adventure seeker who, at just 16, built a solar-powered tricycle from recycled junk and later used this invention to cycle 18,000km around Australia in just eight months.