Brad Scott

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Quick Facts

Disability
Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Fri, 15/04/1988
Home
Bunbury, WA
Occupation
Personal trainer
Started Competing
2006
First Competed for Australia
2008
Games Experience
Beijing 2008, London 2012
Heroes
Iryna Dvoskina and Yuri Vdovychenko
Career Highlights
Winning silver in 800m in Beijing in front of 90,000 people and winning silver and bronze at London 2012
Greatest Moment
The AIS athletics squad's achievements in Beijing

Bio

Having already won a Paralympic silver medal as a 20-year-old in Beijing, Brad Scott entered the London Games searching for more. And the middle distance runner delivered. Despite initial shock at winning bronze in his preferred 800m, the West Australian athlete went on to win silver in the 1500m and said he had the most fun of his life while doing it.

Born with cerebral palsy, Brad showed strong form in the lead up to London, winning silver in the 800m at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships as well as bronze in the 4x100m T33-38 relay. Less than a year out from the Games, he set an unofficial world record in the 1500m and entertained high hopes of defeating Paralympic champion and previous world record holder, Michael MacKillop in London. Unfortunately it was not to be, with MacKillop winning both Paralympic events.

Under the guidance of AIS Paralympic track coach Iryna Dvoskina, Brad trained and studied in Canberra and felt the stimulating training environment in Canberra was integral in his development. However, missing family and friends in his home town of Eaton in Western Australia, he returned following the London Games to train closer to his support networks.

Before he discovered his talent for running, Brad worked as a roofer and played Aussie Rules football, despite being told as a child that his disability would limit his ability to play. He also loves to play poker and enjoys a round of golf. There was an incident at a local golf course, however, when Brad crashed his golf buggy into a car after getting his foot stuck on the accelerator while wearing his leg splint.

Brad is currently training for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

 

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: 800m
Classification: T37
Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: 1500m
Classification: T37