A serial national champion through the age groups, Sam has represented England at Commonwealth, European and world levels, earning a team silver at Glasgow 2014 and as a key member of the World Team Championships bronze medal-winning England Leopards team in 2016. He also represented Team GB in the team table tennis competition at Rio 2016.
Walker was part of the squad which won Team World Cup bronze on home soil in 2018 at the Copper Box Arena on London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, playing in every match.
In June 2017, Sam reached the last 16 of the men’s doubles at the World Championships alongside David McBeath.
2018 saw him win his second Commonwealth Games medal, a team bronze, and also reach the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles at the European Championships, alongside Tobias Rasmussen of Denmark. He was the first English athlete to reach that stage since Des Douglas and Alan Cooke in 1990.
At the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Sam achieved his third Commonwealth medal, a team bronze, he also reached the quarter-final stages in the Men’s Singles event.
Major appearances and career highlights
|Commonwealth Games||Birmingham||2022||Men’s Team bronze; Men’s singles quarter-finals|
|Commonwealth Games||Gold Coast||2018||Men’s Team bronze|
|ITTF Team World Cup||London||2018||Men’s Team bronze|
|Olympic Games||Rio||2016||Men’s Team quarter-finals|
|ITTF World Team Championships||Kuala Lumpur||2016||Men’s Team bronze|
|Commonwealth Games||Glasgow||2014||Men’s Team silver|