Christopher Scott (cyclist)
|Full name||Christopher Ian Scott|
29 October 1968 |
|Discipline||Track & Road|
Scott was born in Gympie, Queensland, with cerebral palsy. At the age of eight, a soccer coach refused to let him join his team because he could not kick the ball with his right foot as well as he could with his left, a rule not enforced on able-bodied players. He consequently joined the next age group's soccer team so he could play with his brother.
Scott competed in 7-a-side Football at the 1988 Summer Paralympics in Seoul. He also competed in athletics in the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona. He switched to cycling due to a broken ankle. At the 1996 Atlanta games, he won a gold medal in the Mixed 5,000 m Time Trial Bicycle CP Div 4 event, for which he received a Medal of the Order of Australia, and a silver medal in the Mixed 20k Bicycle CP Div 4 event. In 1998 and 1999, he held an Australian Institute of Sport Athlete with a Disability scholarship. At the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, he won a gold medal in the Mixed Bicycle Time Trial CP Div 4 event and a bronze medal in the Mixed Bicycle Road Race CP Div 4 event. At the 2004 Athens Games, Scott was the male captain for the Australian Paralympic team. In the Men's Team Sprint LC1-4/CP 3/4 event at the 2004 Games, Scott, the captain of the Australian cycling team, relinquished his place in the team in the finals so that fellow cyclist Peter Homann could get a chance to win a gold medal at his last Paralympics; the Australian team won the event so Homann received the gold medal along with Scott and the rest of the team. In a 2008 interview, he said of this action: "I already had my gold medal. It's what you do in a team. Peter deserved his chance on the podium." He won two further gold medals in the Men's Road Race / Time Trial Bicycle CP Div 4 and Men's Individual Pursuit Bicycle CP Div 4 events at the 2004 Games.
At the 2008 Beijing Games, he won a gold medal in the Men's Individual Pursuit CP4 event, a silver medal in the Men's Individual Time Trial CP4 event and a bronze medal in the Men's 1 km Time Trial CP4 event. The year before these Games, he had had back surgery and then was struck down by a car. He announced his retirement from Paralympic competition in Beijing due to "old age".
In 2000, Scott received an Australian Sports Medal. He received the Australian Paralympic Committee's Senior Male Athlete award in 2002, and Sporting Wheelie of the Year in 2002 and 2005. He also won the Australian Male Disabled Cyclist of the Year awards for four consecutive years from 2002 to 2005, and was the 2005 Australian Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability. In November 2015, he was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.
In 2011, he was interviewed by Ian Jobling in the Australian Centre for Paralympic Studies oral history project of the National Library of Australia. In 2016, he was inducted into the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame.
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- Murdoch, Alex (29 September 2008). "Chris Scott stars in Beijing Paralympics welcome-home celebrations". The Australian. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
- "Scott hits gold; Win No.8 a fine end to Paralympic career". The Herald Sun. 8 September 2008. p. 60.
- Results for Christopher Scott from the International Paralympic Committee, retrieved 15 January 2012.
- Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002. ISBN 174013060X.
- "Men's Team Sprint LC1-4/CP 3/4 Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
- Halloran, Jessica (24 September 2004). "Sprinters walking on air after teammate's act of self sacrifice". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
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- "21st Annual Queensland Sport Awards" (PDF). QSport website. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
- "Chris Scott interviewed by Ian Jobling in the Australian Centre for Paralympic Studies oral history project". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
- "CYCLING AUSTRALIA HALL OF FAME CLASS FOR 2016 ANNOUNCED". Cycling Australia News. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.