Paralympian - Athletics
Location: Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
Margaret River Lions Australia Day Breakfast
Brad Scott is a two time paralympian and triple Paralympic Games medalist. He is a middle distance runner with a mild form of cerebral palsy.
As a child, all Brad wanted to do was play any sport, with the dream of one day wearing the green and gold. But at the age of 12, Brad's doctor suggested that his body may not be able to handle the demands of sport past the age of 14. This only motivated Brad as he was determined not to let his doctor words be true.
Brad was always given the opportunity to participate and perform in any active event due to the unconditional support from his parents who ensured that all the required exercises set by his physio were completed every day. This ensured that Brad’s disability didn’t define who he is and that he could achieve the seemingly impossible.
In September 2008 his dream became a reality; He was given the honour of representing Australia at the Beijing Paralympic Games. With a crowd of 90,000+ in the stand, he was proud to be on the start line in the T37 800m. A race in which he stayed true to himself and with 200m to go, he fought from 5th place to power past three of his competitors and amazingly won a silver medal.
After three years of specialised training at the Australian institute of Sport, under Iryna Dvoskina, Brad followed his outstanding form at the 2011 IPC World Championship in Christchurch, New Zealand. Where he collected silver in the 800m and bronze medal in the 4x100m
At the 2012 London Paralympic Games, Brad cemented his position as one of the World's top paralympic athletes by winning another two medals, silver in the 1500m and a bronze in the 800m. This was a special Games for Brad, because he shared the medal ceremony experience with his parents as they somehow slipped in to the media compound and stood directly in front of him as he received his medal. A moment that he will never forget…
Continuing from the success on the track, Brad medalled once again at his next international competition, the 2013 IPC World Championships in Lyon, France, where he secured yet another silver medal in the 800m. This was a testing year for Brad. As this was his first competition after relocating back to his home state, WA.
Brad’s commitments and interests not only lie on the oval track. Using his knowledge and experience as an elite athlete, Brad coaches, mentors and encourages, people of all ages. This helps Brad further build his future dream of becoming an elite level coach giving him the ability to educate and assist the next generation of sporting professionals.