Sam’s full com­mit­ment

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

Sam Web­ster’s level of com­mit­ment is the rea­son be­hind his world suc­cess, and that’s ac­cord­ing to the per­son who knows him best.

Web­ster’s mum Meren says her son showed this ear­lier on in his life when he was try­ing out dif­fer­ent sports; even be­fore he re­alised cy­cling was for him.

Web­ster, 25, dis­cov­ered track cy­cling while at­tend­ing Auck­land Gram­mar School. He is now one of the best in the coun­try, win­ning medals at sev­eral global events.

‘‘He is a very com­mit­ted per­son. I re­mem­ber when he was grow­ing up, he and his brother tried out dif­fer­ent sports and even then, he al­ways gave it his all,’’ Meren says.

‘‘It was only af­ter he tried cy­cling that he re­alised that that was the sport for him. And in true Sam fashion - he com­mit­ted him­self fully to giv­ing his all to the sport.’’

Web­ster’s missed four birthdays away from his fam­ily and taken a break from com­plet­ing his busi­ness de­gree to fo­cus solely on his train­ing for the Rio Olympics.

‘‘I am re­ally, re­ally de­lighted with him and proud of ev­ery­thing that he has achieved. He’s re­ally look­ing for­ward to Rio,’’ Meren says.

‘‘I know that what­ever hap­pens in Rio, I don’t think he can give any­more be­cause he’s given 110 per cent to this sport for many years.’’

ALEX BROAD­WAY / SWPIX.COM

Web­ster will be com­pet­ing at his first Olympics in Rio.

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