After narrowly missing a place on the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team, comeback king Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson is fitter and faster than ever, and ready to contest his second Paralympic Games.
Scooter – named after the scooter he uses to get around – first hit the pool as an 11-year-old. Para-swimming wasn’t necessarily his first choice – rather, it was one of the only sports available to people like him with diastrophic dysplasia who dreamed of competing internationally. And before anything else, Scooter is a competitor.
In 2007, Scooter met his current coach, Andrew ‘Herbie’ Howard, who immediately recognised his talent, and together they worked towards selection to the 2008 Australian Paralympic Team. Ultimately, one-and-a-half seconds was what stood between Scooter and a Games debut in China, and he spent the next four years making up for it.
A world record at the 2009 Australian Swimming Championships saw Scooter go down …Read More