Scott Reardon – farming: tractor accident
"Trust my training"
Scott Reardon grew up on his family's property near Canberra with a love for running and water skiing. The talented athlete has now represented his country with distinction in both sports.
In 2002 Scott got his shoelace caught in the power take off shaft of a tractor and severed his right leg through the knee. He spent a month in hospital recovering and amazed doctors by relearning to walk in just one week. Scott continued to water-ski on one leg, representing Australia three times at the water-skiing world championships and winning the world title twice in 2007 and 2009.
Growing up in the country NSW town of Temora, sport has long played a prominent role in Scott's life. The nephew of former Canterbury Bulldogs NRL player Steve Reardon, Scott was the 2005 Temora and district sportsperson of the year. In 2006 Scott attended a paralympic talent search day and was immediately identified as having the potential to run on the track at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Watching the Australian team compete at the Beijing Paralympic Games further inspired Scott to pursue his talent for running. After juggling water skiing and athletics for a while, he moved to Canberra in 2009 to train at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and focus on his athletics career. At the AIS, he trained alongside his sporting heroes, former track star and gold medallist Heath Francis and gold medallist and world record holder Evan O'Hanlon.
At the 2011 World Championships in Christchurch, Scott finished fourth in the 100m sprint and fifth in the 200m. At his first paralympic games in London he won silver in the 100m and narrowly missed a medal in the 200m, finishing fourth.
Scott's role models are his brother Phil and Heath Francis, retired paralympian.
Outside of running, Scott is studying to become a design and technology teacher. He also works as a tour guide at the AIS and in his spare time coaches water-skiing, enjoys a casual game of golf and loves photography.