Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
Sport
Athletics
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
April 15, 1988
Home
Bunbury, WA
Occupation
Personal trainer
Started Competing
2006
First Competed for Australia
2008
Games Experience

Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

His parents and his coach, Iryna Dvoskina

Career Highlights

Winning silver in the 800m in front of 90,000 people at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing

Greatest Moment

The AIS athletics squad's achievements at the 2008 Games

Bio

Having already won Paralympic silver in the 800m as a 20-year-old in Beijing, Brad Scott head into London 2012 in the hope he could achieve even greater success. The West Australian athlete delivered, taking home bronze in the 800m, his preferred event, and silver in the 1500m. He said later that it was the most fun of his life.

Born with cerebral palsy, Brad showed strong form in the lead-up to London. He relocated to Canberra to train under the champion Paralympic track coach, Iryna Dvoskina, who quickly became one of the most influential people in Brad’s life. He performed well at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he won silver in the 800m and bronze in the 4x100m relay. Less than a year out from the Games, Brad also set an unofficial world record in the 1500m, leading him to entertain hopes of defeating Paralympic champion and former world record holder Michael McKillop in London.

Though Brad says that the training environment created by Iryna was integral to his development, he missed his family and friends and returned to his home town, Eaton, after the Games.

At the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Brad competed in the 1500m final but placed 5th. After the race he spoke passionately about the importance of kids getting involved in Paralympic sport, and lists this as his proudest moment of the Games.

Nicknamed ‘Red’ due to the colour of his hair, Brad is now using his Exercise and Coaching Science degree from the University of Canberra to work as a personal trainer. He hopes to continue developing his personal training and fitness business and  is also considering taking up athletics coaching once his career as an athlete winds down.

Before discovering his talent on the track, Brad worked as a roofer and still considers carpentry and building as two of his favourite hobbies. He also loves to play Aussie Rules, despite being told as a child that he may not be able to.

Outside of training and running his business, Brad loves to play poker and also enjoys a round of golf or two. He hilariously recalls once crashing his golf buggy into a car after getting his foot caught on the accelerator.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 1500m Classification: T37