Scott Reardon grew up on his family’s property near Canberra with a love for running and water skiing. The talented athlete has now represented his country with a distinction in both sports.
In 2002, Scott got his shoelace caught in the power take off shaft of a tractor and severed his right leg through the knee. He spent a month in hospital recovering and amazed doctors by relearning to walk in just one week. Scott continued to water ski on one leg, representing Australia three times at the Water Skiing World Championships and winning the world title twice in 2007 and 2009.
Growing up in the country NSW town of Temora, sport has long played a prominent role in Scott’s life. The nephew of former Cantebury Bulldogs NRL player Steve Reardon, Scott was the 2005 Temora and District Sportsperson of the Year. In 2006, Scott attended a Paralympic Talent Search day and was immediately identified as having the potential to run on the track at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Watching the Australian Team compete at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games further inspired Scott to pursue his talent for running. After juggling water skiing and athletics for a while, he moved to Canberra in 2009 to train at the AIS and focus on his athletics career. At the AIS, he trained alongside his sporting heroes, former track star and gold medallist Heath Francis and gold medallist and world record holder Evan O’Hanlon.
Under the guidance of coach Iryna Dvoskina, Scott has quickly developed into a world class athlete. With less than a year of training he finished third in the 200m and fourth in the 100m at the 2010 National Athletics Championships in Perth.
At the 2011 World Championships in Chirstchuch, Scott finished fourth in the 100m sprint and fifth in the 200m, and at his first Paralympic Games he won silver in the 100m and narrowly missed a medal in the 200m, finishing fourth.
He has since equalled the world record for the T42 100m, running 12.14 at the 2013 Australian Athletics Championships, and achieved his first international gold at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships.
Scott’s dream is to stand on top of the podium at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with a gold medal around his neck, and when training to turn his dream into a reality, he turns to his brother Phil and Heath Francis for inspiration. Despite having retired from competing, Heath provides the same amount of encouragement and support to Scott as he did when they trained. Scott maintains the will to push himself for his brother Phil who is the reason he is alive today.
Outside of running, Scott is studying to become a design and technology teacher. He also works as a tour guide at the AIS and in his spare time coaches water-skiing, enjoys a casual game of golf and loves photography.