Jamie Sclater

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB9

Further personal information

Residence
Carlsbad, CA, USA
Occupation
Veteran
Languages
English
Higher education
Exercise Science, Sports Science - Elon University: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming as a child.
Why this sport?
A lifeguard told Michael Kleinert, the swimming coach of the Wounded Warrior Battalion West Regiment at Camp Pendleton, CA, United States of America, about him, and he subsequently joined the team. "I was thinking, 'What can I do that will keep me in the physical shape I need to stay actively engaged in the military?'. The answer was the pool, so that's where I went."
Club / Team
North Coast Aquatics: United States

General interest

Nicknames
Doc (thechive.com, 03 Sep 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I am no superhuman. I too have days where I succumb to the pain and don't make it out of the house, but I never allow it to take over my life. I will not allow it to dictate who I am, and what my mission in life is." (thechive.com, 03 Sep 2015)
Other sports
He won a bronze medal in para-shooting [air rifle prone] at the 2014 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, CO, United States of America. (thechive.com, 03 Sep 2015)
Impairment
In 2012 he was preparing to take part in the selection and evaluation process for a position on a naval special warfare team with the United States Navy. After a series of long runs he was experiencing searing pains in his right leg. His condition worsened and he was diagnosed with a ruptured disc in his lower back due to wear and tear. He underwent four operations to repair damaged discs in his lumbar and cervical spine. He was left with nerve damage to both legs and feet, including drop foot [left], and significant strength and tissue degeneration of his right pectoral muscles and right arm. (thechive.com, 03 Sep 2015; elon.edu, 12 Feb 2015)
Other information
NAVY
He was medically retired from the United States Navy after nearly 12 years of service, which included spells in Afghanistan and Iraq. "I loved my time in the service. I loved serving my country, and there is nothing I would change about my time, other than wishing I pushed harder than I did. If given the opportunity I would not hesitate for a moment to do it all over again, for it allowed me to travel the world, treat so many of our injured service members both in combat and in garrison, and provided me with the memories and friendships of a lifetime." (thechive.com, 03 Sep 2015)