Raised in the country NSW town of Temora, sports-mad Scott Reardon was rising through the ranks of able-bodied water skiing when he caught his shoelace in the power take-off shaft of a tractor, severing his right leg through the knee.

Eager to return to the water, Scott relearned how to walk in just one week, and went on to represent Australia three times at the Water Skiing World Championships, where he won the world title twice.

After watching the Australian Paralympic Team compete at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, Scott was motivated to pursue a career in Para-athletics. He relocated to Canberra in 2009, where he trained under world-renowned coach Iryna Dvoskina and alongside Para-sprint champions Heath Francis and Evan O’Hanlon, before long developing into a world-class athlete.

Less than a year after joining the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) program, Scott achieved a podium finish at the National …

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Date of birth
15 May 1990
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Right through-knee limb loss
How acquired
Farming accident
Florey, ACT
Athlete, tour guide and student
Started competing
Sport career highlights

Winning gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and setting a new world record at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France

Greatest sporting moments

Winning two waterskiing world championship titles

Heroes/role models

His brother and Heath Francis


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 100m Classification: T42

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