Sam White died on his 29th birthday in 1988 after being hit by a car whilst cycle training. He had been involved in sport for most of his life. In the 1970’s Sam was ranked nationally in the top ten for his age group in the 200m freestyle. By the 1980’s he was not only a consistent top five finisher in triathlons, but also the SA Aquathlon Champion. To encourage others to experience the sports he loved, Sam organised triathlons, biathlons and aquathlons for the community generally and secondary schools in particular. His legacy is the spirit of this event.
Sam’s family sponsor the Sam White Memorial Aquathlon and every year help with its organisation as well. The event has strong support from loyal commercial partners, Triathlon SA, triathlon clubs and entrants, all of which explains why it is still a favourite after so many years.