Great Scott well on track

BAL­ANC­ING ATH­LET­ICS WITH CA­REER

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

AF­TER win­ning a sil­ver medal at the World Ath­letic Cham­pi­onship in Qatar this year, Brad Scott is hun­gry as ever to get to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 sum­mer Par­a­lympics.

The Vic­to­ria Park mort­gage bro­ker took out sil­ver for the 1500m race but said he con­sid­ered that a trial run for his main ef­fort to rep­re­sent the na­tion at the Par­a­lympics next year.

The 27-year-old took up run­ning in 2006, won sil­ver in the men’s 800m in Beijing in 2008 fol­lowed by a sil­ver and bronze win at Lon­don in 2012.

Scott, who was born with cere­bral palsy, has learnt to bal­ance his daily ath­let­ics-train­ing sched­ule while work­ing as a mort­gage bro­ker.

He said he en­tered broking when he re­alised he would need a ca­reer be­yond run­ning.

“There are a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween mort­gage broking and com­pet­ing in ath­let­ics,” he said.

“They’re sim­i­lar in that you get back ex­actly what you put in.

“You can really only suc­ceed if you have built a solid foun­da­tion in your train­ing and have a really good sup­port team be­hind you.”

Scott said his ca­reer in broking al­lowed him to be flex­i­ble enough to train hard but would also give him a life af­ter sport.

I’m for­tu­nate to work with two great bro­kers and have learnt a lot over the past year,” Scott said.

“It’s re­ward­ing to meet so many great peo­ple and hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to help them to also achieve their dreams, like I have been do­ing through ath­let­ics.”

Pic­ture: John Gellweiler

Brad Scott has his sights set on Rio de Janeiro.

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