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


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.


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
T63, F63

Further personal information

Wife Vanessa Low
Canberra, ACT, AUS
Athlete, Business Owner, Guide, Motivational Speaker
English, German
Higher education
Design and Technology, Education - 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?
"My last year of school was in 2008. When I was meant to be studying the Paralympic Games in Beijing were on and a race popped up which was the T42 100m for above-knee amputees. I didn't know it existed. I didn't know that someone with a leg like mine could run. That was the catalyst. I relocated to the ACT to train under coach Iryna Dvoskina at the Australian Institute of Sport. The first time I got a running leg, the freedom that I felt was incredible. When I first started, it wasn't about winning gold medals, it was about feeling free again."
Name of coach
Iryna Dvoskina [national], UKR

General interest

Reardo (Instagram profile, 24 Jan 2021)
Art, meditation, photography. (Instagram profile, 24 Jan 2021; Facebook page, 24 Jan 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the T42 100m at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (, 07 May 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Iryna Dvoskina, and his family. (, 15 Jan 2012)
Hero / Idol
His older brother Phil. (Australian Beef. The Greatest. YouTube channel, 09 Mar 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you sit down on your backside and expect things to come to you, nothing will ever happen." (, 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. (, 28 Jan 2017)
Other sports
He has competed in water skiing and won world titles in 2007 and 2009. (, 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. (, 22 Feb 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 06 Dec 2018;, 10 May 2016; Athlete, 02 Dec 2010)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games at Tokyo, and to run the T42 100m in under 12 seconds. (, 07 May 2019)
He lost his right leg in a farm accident at age 12. He and his older brother Phil were in the fields drilling some post holes for their father when his shoelace became entangled in the drive shaft of a tractor. His father drove him to the closest hospital where his right leg was amputated at the knee. He learned to walk again after several months of recovery. "The actions of my brother and the rest of my family that day were undoubtedly the reason why I'm still here and still live the life that I do." (Australian Beef. The Greatest. YouTube channel, 09 Mar 2020)
Other information
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 Jan 2021)

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


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