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 Athletics Championships in Perth, and at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, he placed fourth and fifth in the 100m and 200m, respectively.
Making his Paralympic debut the following year in London, Scott raced strongly in both his events, winning silver behind German competitor Heinrich Popow in the 100m and placing fourth in the 200m.
A sign of things to come, Scott achieved his first international gold medal at the 2015 IPC World Championships in Doha, Qatar, matching this result the following year at the Paralympic Games in Rio.
Despite having retired from competition, Heath continues to encourage and motivate Scott, as does Scott’s brother Phil, who he credits with saving his life.
Scott is currently studying a Bachelor of Education majoring in Design Technology at the University of Canberra, and is employed as a tour guide at the AIS.
In his spare time he enjoys coaching water skiing and playing golf.