Chris Scott OAM
Chris is a Paralympic cyclist who competes in the 1 kilometre time trial, the 3,000 metre individual pursuit and team sprint on the track and the road race and individual road time trial.
Chris’ sporting career highlights to date have been at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games where he won a Gold Medal for the mixed bicycle time trial division. Chris also broke the world record in the finals of the 3,000 metre pursuit at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games.
Cycling is not Chris’ only sporting talent. Born with cerebral palsy, Chris was in high school when he was invited by the Cerebral Palsy League to try running a few afternoons a week and it was discovered he was very good at the sport.
At the Paralympic Games in Seoul in 1988 and Barcelona in 1992, Chris represented Australia as a runner. After suffering a broken ankle the following year, he began cycling for rehabilitation and decided to compete in the sport professionally.
In 2004, Chris was announced Male Team Captain and won three gold medals. Chris was also awarded Senior Male Athlete of the Year and Sporting Wheelie of the Year by the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Sport and Recreation Association.
In 2005, Chris was selected to become one of a number of mentors participating in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s mentoring program and he looks forward to giving his support to younger athletes and helping them reach their professional sporting goals.
After back surgery in 2006, Chris returned to international competition winning a gold and two bronze medals at the 2007 Para-cycling World Championships in France.
Announcing that he would retire after the Beijing Paralympics, Chris said farewell to the Paralympics in style, winning gold in the 3000 metre pursuit, silver in the individual road time trial and bronze in the 1,000 metre time trial.