Quick Facts

How acquired
Accident
Disability
Physical Impairment – Right below knee limb loss
Sport
Athletics
Date of Birth
May 15, 1990
Home
Florey, ACT
Occupation
Athlete, tour guide and student
Started Competing
2009
First Competed for Australia
2011
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

His brother and Heath Francis

Career Highlights

Winning silver at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and setting a new world record at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Lyon

Greatest Moment

Winning two waterskiing world championship titles

Bio

Growing up in the country NSW town of Temora, sport has long played a prominent role in Scott Reardon’s life, and a combination of passion and determination has seen him represent Australia in short-distance running and waterskiing at the highest level.

In 2002, Scott caught his shoelace in the power take-off shaft of a tractor, severing his right leg through the knee. He relearned how to walk in one week, and before long returned to waterskiing, representing Australia three times at the Water Skiing World Championships, where he won the world title twice.

Watching the Australian Team compete at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing inspired Scott to relocate to Canberra in 2009, where he trained at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) alongside his sporting heroes, former track stars Heath Francis and Evan O’Hanlon.

Guided by his coach, Iryna Dvoskina, it didn’t take Scott long to develop into a world-class athlete. Less than a year into training at the AIS, he placed 3rd in the 200m and 4th in the 100m at the National Athletics Championships in Perth.

At the 2011 World Championships in Christchurch, Scott finished 4th in the 100m and 5th in the 200m, making his Paralympic debut the following year in London, where he won silver in the 100m.

A sign of things to come, Scott achieved his first international gold medal at the 2015 IPC World Championships in Doha. He matched this result the following year at the Paralympic Games in Rio.

Despite retiring from competition, Heath continues to encourage and motivate Scott, as does Scott’s brother Phil, who he attributes to saving his life.

Scott is currently studying a Bachelor of Education majoring in Design Technology at the University of Canberra. He works as a tour guide at the AIS, and in his spare time coaches waterskiing and plays golf.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 100m Classification: T42