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REARDON Scott
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age29
Place of BirthTemora, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T63, F63
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Vanessa Low
Residence
Canberra, ACT, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Guide, Motivational Speaker, Student
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Design and Technology - University of Canberra: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age 18.
Why this sport?
He was involved in both running and water skiing, until he received a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport [AIS] for running. At this point he chose to focus on athletics.
Club / Team
ACT Para Athletics Talent Squad: Australia
Name of coach
Iryna Dvoskina [national], UKR
General Interest
Nicknames
Reardo (Twitter profile, 17 Mar 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the T42 100m at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org.au, 07 May 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Iryna Dvoskina, and his family. (thesportsvault.com.au, 15 Jan 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you sit down on your backside and expect things to come to you, nothing will ever happen." (youngwitness.com.au, 07 May 2019)
Awards and honours
In January 2017 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in recognition of the gold medal he won at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 28 Jan 2017)

He was the 2007 Commonwealth Government Sport Achiever award winner. (disabledwaterski.com.au, 08 Nov 2010)

He was named the Colamon Sportsperson of the Year for 2006. (disabledwaterski.com.au, 08 Nov 2010)

He was the 2005 Temora and District Junior Sportsperson of the Year in Australia. (disabledwaterski.com.au, 08 Nov 2010)
Other sports
He has competed in water skiing and won world titles in 2007 and 2009. (canberratimes.com.au, 30 Aug 2012)
Famous relatives
His wife Vanessa Low has competed in Para athletics at international level. She won gold in the T42 long jump and silver in the T42 100m for Germany at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In 2019 she began representing Australia. His uncle Steve Reardon played professional rugby league for the Canterbury Bulldogs in Australia. (paralympic.org, 22 Feb 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 06 Dec 2018; paralympic.org, 10 May 2016; Athlete, 02 Dec 2010)
Ambitions
To run the T42 100m in less than 12 seconds, and to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games at Tokyo. (paralympic.org.au, 07 May 2019)
Impairment
He lost his right leg at age 12 as the result of a farm accident. He was on his way to football training when his shoelace became entangled in the driveshaft of a tractor. His right leg was amputated at the knee, and he learned to walk again after several months of recovery. (scottreardon.com.au, 05 Mar 2013; canberratimes.com.au, 30 Aug 2012; limbs4life.com, 08 Nov 2010)
Other information
BUSINESS INTERESTS
He owns SR Sports, a sportswear company, and is a director of Reardon Homes, a real estate firm based in Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia. He is also a motivational speaker, focusing his talks on mental health and inclusion for all, and has worked as a tour guide for the Australian Institute of Sport [AIS]. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Oct 2018)

RETIREMENT PLANS
He and his wife Vanessa Low both plan to retire from the sport and start a family following the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org.au, 07 May 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2012 200m T42 26.03
2 2012 100m T42 12.43
1 2016 100m T42 12.26
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2011 200m T42 28.39
4 2011 100m T42 13.45
  2011 4 x 100m Relay T42-46  DSQ
2 2013 200m T42 25.29
1 2013 100m T42 12.68
1 2015 100m T42 12.13
4 2015 200m T42 25.43
1 2017 100m T42 12.21