Chris Scott

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Quick Facts

Disability
Cerebral Palsy
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
Tue, 29/10/1968
Home
Sunnybank, Queensland
Occupation
Records Clerk
First Competed for Australia
1986
Games Experience
Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
Lance Armstrong
Career Highlights
World records in 1000m time trial and 3000m pursuit; 1 gold and 1 silver at Atlanta 1996; 1 gold and 1 bronze at Sydney 2000;3 gold at Athens 2004; 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze at Beijing 2008
Greatest Moment
Winning pursuit in Beijing 2008

Bio

Nicknamed ‘Gecko’ by his team mates, Chris Scott is respected for his discipline and dedication. He considered retiring after the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games

but first wanted to win a gold medal at the 2002 World Championships – the only prize that had eluded him. Once that was achieved, Chris went on to win four gold, one silver and one bronze at the Athens and Beijing Paralympics.

In Athens, Chris took gold in the 3km individual pursuit and the time trial road race. He led his team through to the finals of the team sprint but gave his place to fellow cyclist Peter Homann. “It wasn’t a huge decision to give my place in the final to Peter. He deserved his chance on the podium and I already had my gold medal. I actually got a gold medal when they won so in the end everyone’s efforts were acknowledged.”

The highlight in Athens for Chris though, was being named male captain of the Australian Paralympic Team. “That alone beat all the gold medals.”

Heading in to Beijing, Chris was determined to win the pursuit and he left China with a medal in every colour: gold in the individual pursuit, silver in the individual time trial and bronze in the 1km time trial which he sees as an added bonus to his gold. “I have had to overcome some serious setbacks such as having a back operation and also a leg operation, and the fact that I was still able to win the pursuit makes it very special.”

Chris has ridden between 250km and 600km every week for the past 22 years. Now he has retired from Paralympic competition but plans to continue competing in able bodied masters’ competition.
 

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Cycling
Disciplines: Team sprint, Individual time trial, Individual pursuit, Individual road race, 1km time trial
Classification: CP4