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Scott Reardon of Australia celebrate winning the gold medal in the Men's 100m - T42 Final on day 8 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Scott Reardon

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Originally a world champion water skier, Scott Reardon is now a 100m T42 Paralympic champion after success at Rio 2016.

Coached by Ukrainian Iryna Dvoskina, Reardon performed well at his first Paralympic Games in London, winning 100m silver in a personal best time of 12.43, just 0.03 seconds behind Germany’s gold medallist Heinrich Popow.

He recorded another personal best in the 200m (26.03) , however finished fourth.

In 2013 Reardon made history at the World Championships in Lyon, France, when he tied for gold with Popow in a thrilling race which saw the two rivals clock exactly the same time.

After 90 minutes of deliberation, judges could not separate the two and both were awarded gold medals. Over 200m Reardon took silver behind British world record holder Richard Whitehead.

Standing alone on top of the podium was paramount for Reardon as he prepared to go for gold at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

The Temora-born sprinter had shown good form in the early part of the year during the Australian summer season, when he went to the top of the global rankings after clocking 12.24 in Canberra – a time he managed on four occasions.

Reardon’s hard work duly paid off as he took 100m T42 gold in 12.13 – a new Championship record.

At his second Paralympic Games in Rio, Reardon clocked a Paralympic record 12.26 seconds in both the heats and final, a time good enough to win him gold in the latter race by 0.06 seconds from Denmark’s Daniel Wagner.

Biography

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)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T42 Final 2011-01-24 5
Men's 100 m T42 Final 2011-01-26 4
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final 2011-01-29 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T42 Final Round 2012-09-01 4
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 1 2012-09-07 2
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 2012-09-07 2
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T42 Semifinal 1 2013-07-22 2
Men's 200 m T42 Final 1 2013-07-23 2
Men's 100 m T42 Semifinal 2 2013-07-25 2
Men's 100 m T42 Final 1 2013-07-26 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 2 2015-10-25 1
Men's 100 m T42 Final 1 2015-10-25 1
Men's 200 m T42 Heat 2 2015-10-27 3
Men's 200 m T42 Final 1 2015-10-28 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 2 2016-09-14 1
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 2016-09-15 1
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 2 2017-07-17 4
Men's 100 m T42 Final 1 2017-07-17 1