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Scott Meenagh

Nordic Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Wife Madeline
Cumbernauld, SCO
Higher education
Sport Studies - Cumbernauld College: Scotland

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began practising Para Nordic skiing in 2014, and made it his main focus in 2016.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to get involved in Para Nordic skiing after attending the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi as a spectator. "I loved the physicality and variety of the sport."

International debut

Competing for
Great Britain

General interest

Rugby. (Twitter profile, 09 Apr 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in Para athletics at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Para rowing coach John Blair. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Scottish rugby union player Jason White. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"What leads you to the highest stages of sport is that you want to challenge yourself, and be a better version of yourself every single day." (, 05 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was inducted to the North Lanarkshire Sporting Hall of Fame in Scotland. (, 25 May 2018)

He received the Overcoming Adversity Award at the 2012 Sun Military Awards in Great Britain. (, 2016)
Other sports
He competed in both cross-country skiing and biathlon at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He also represented Great Britain at the 2016 International Para Rowing and Masters Regatta in Gavirate, Italy, and participated in Para athletics at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. Prior to his injury he played rugby at U18 level for Scotland. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Jan 2019;, 30 May 2017;, 18 Apr 2016;, 2016)
In 2011 he stepped on a roadside bomb while serving as a paratrooper in the British Army in Afghanistan. The explosion resulted in the amputation of both his legs below the knee. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018;, 18 Apr 2016)
Other information
He has studied history at the University of Stirling in Scotland. (Instagram profile, 31 Oct 2020)

He says Para sport has allowed him to find his purpose again following his injury in 2011. "I had this story of how I lost my legs looming over my shoulder everywhere I went, every newspaper article was about being a soldier and losing my legs. The long and short of it was that was a bad day at work for us and I don't want it to define me for the rest of my life. Sport is what I've found that purpose, that reason and definition through. All of a sudden you find yourself in a world where people don't care how you got injured." (, 21 Jan 2018)


Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Free Style Sitting Final 2017-02-12 15
Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2017-02-16 18
Men's Sprint Sitting Final 2017-02-18 13
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Sitting Final 2017-02-19 9999
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-10 18
Men's 15km Sitting Final 2018-03-11 17
Men's 12.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-13 13
Men's 1.1km Sprint Sitting Final 2018-03-14 16
Men's 15km Sitting Final 2018-03-16 14
Men's 7.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-17 14
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance Sitting Final 2019-02-16 8
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-17 8
Men's Sprint - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-18 10
Men's Sprint Sitting Final 2019-02-20 11
Men's Long Distance Sitting Final 2019-02-21 8
Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2019-02-24 6