Ryan Scott (wheelchair rugby)
2016 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Scott
|Born||3 March 1982|
Ryan Scott, OAM (born 3 March 1982)  is a Paralympic wheelchair rugby competitor from Australia. In four Paralympics, Scott has won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and gold medals at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Paralympics.
Scott was born on 3 March 1982. On the 6 June 1998 as a 16-year-old, he became a quadriplegic due to a car crash on a country road on route to Victor Harbor, South Australia. At the time of the accident, he was a year 11 student at Willunga High School. The accident left Scott paralysed from his chest down but he has some movement in his shoulders, back, biceps and forearms. He moved to Brisbane from Adelaide in 2009 due to the warm weather and due to Queensland having a good wheelchair rugby program.
Scott took up wheelchair rugby as part of his rehabiliation. Scott said "I always loved sport and participated in all kinds of sport – soccer, basketball, Aussie rules, pretty much every sport except able-bodied rugby. As a quadriplegic, I didn’t have the upper-body strength to play wheelchair basketball. When I saw wheelchair rugby, that’s when I thought that sport was still possible."  Scott made his debut for the Australian team 'Steelers' in August 2001. He was a member of the Steelers that came fifth at the 2004 Athens Paralympics. He won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games in the mixed wheelchair rugby event. He won a gold medal at the 2012 London Games in the mixed wheelchair rugby event.
Scott said "But because of wheelchair rugby I’ve been able to travel the world playing a team sport, I have represented my county at three Paralympic Games, which is huge. It has also made me a much more independent person." 
- 2012 - Order of Australia (OAM) - for service to sport as a gold medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
- 2015 - Sporting Wheelie of the Year - Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association 
- 2016 - Senior Male Athlete of the Year - Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association with Chris Bond.
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- "2016 Annual Awards winners". Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association website. Retrieved 15 December 2016.