submitted by George Poulos on 28.10.2004
Chris Samios was born in Perth, Western Australia, on the 24th April, 1962.
He has over 20 years experience teaching wrestling in W.A..
Wrestling got a grip on Chris 30 years ago when his father, George introduced him to the sport. George Samios won state titles over a 22 year period and represented Australia in wrestling on numerous
occasions both as competitor and as team manager. [See entry for George, in this section].
Chris was taught important wrestling strategies from his father and proceeded to win a multitude of state titles himself. Chris obtained a Level 2 national
coaching accreditation in 1980s and was WA state coach for many years assisting many wrestlers achieve success at national championships. These include Laszlo Kovacs who, in Sydney 2000, was the first wrestler from WA to ever compete in the Olympic Games.
Chris's extensive knowledge was used by the Protective Services and Counter Terrorist Intelligence Unit of the WA Police Service to provide instruction to officers in 1998.
Chris was secretary of the WAAWA for a number of years and became president in 1990 after his father suffered a serious injury as a result of a work accident. He
became a member of the board of control on the Australian Wrestling Union representing WA.
In 2000 he was a technical official at the Sydney Olympics acting as scorer and timer and performed the same function at the 2003 Australian Youth Olympics.
In 2003 Chris was elected treasurer of the AWU and is a member of its management committee.
Chris holds an honours degree in commerce from UWA and works for BankWest as a retail manager. He is married with two children. He enjoys ballroom dancing, playing the violin and yoga.
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