Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - SOUND STORY David Sal­vaire

A pas­sion for run­ning and not tak­ing life too se­ri­ously has been the se­cret to suc­cess for Warn­bro athletics vet­eran Trevor Scott.

The 58-year-old con­tin­ues to add to his tro­phy cab­i­net each year de­spite oc­ca­sion­ally be­ing struck down by in­jury.

Re­cently he over­came a calf in­jury to win a gold, silver and bronze in the Masters Athletics Na­tion­als in Dar­win, be­fore head­ing home in July to take out the 10km Wally Cairns Cross Coun­try in Kings Park.

The win­ning ways didn’t stop there, with the ded­i­cated run­ner win­ning his age cat­e­gory at the City to Surf last month.

Trevor has spent many years run­ning com­pet­i­tively and has won pres­ti­gious races around the world.

But while his ca­reer has been lit­tered with praise and awards, it has also had its mo­ments of drama.

In 1990 he was run­ning in the Pe­nang In­ter­na­tional Marathon.

Trevor re­mem­bers feel­ing good at the start of the race de­spite be­ing up against some tal­ented com­peti­tors.

“There was this Bel­gium guy who had come seventh in the Olympics,” he said.

“They’d pretty much pen­cilled him in for the win and I re­mem­ber wak­ing up in the morn­ing feel­ing pretty good.

“He was ob­vi­ously re­ally fit but he looked ab­so­lutely stuffed be­fore he started be­cause it was so hot up there and he was used to the chilly weather in Europe.

“I thought ‘I’m go­ing to stick it to him right at the start’, and gave my­self a bit of a lead, but com­ing to the fin­ish line I was bug­gered. I stepped on to the fin­ish line where there was a red carpet and this In­done­sian bloke passed me at the last sec­ond to stream through the ban­ner.”

Trevor was taken away on a stretcher suf­fer­ing from ex­haus­tion and was later told he had won the race after the stew­ards re­alised the ban­ner had been placed after the ac­tual fin­ish line.

In 1992 he re­turned to the event and fin­ished 14 min­utes ahead of his near­est ri­val. In his long and sto­ried ca­reer the dis­tance le­gend has com­peted in Eng­land and Amer­ica, won two in­ter­na­tional marathons and come sec­ond in the World Masters cross-coun­try event.

He also re­cently took out the 8km run at the Masters State Cham­pi­onships.

After over­com­ing de­bil­i­tat­ing asthma and pos­ture prob­lems at a young age, Scott said it was a care­free ap­proach to the sport that gave him the edge.

“It’s about get­ting your­self fit and run­ning the best you can. It’s a good feel­ing when you train hard and you get a re­sult for all the work,” he said.

“You’ve also got to have fun with it too be­cause there’s been a few events where peo­ple have been so high strung that it slows them down.

“Peo­ple tell me I’m a bit laid-back but I think it works for me.”

Trevor now di­vides his time be­tween teach­ing at Hill­man Pri­mary School and train­ing with his two dogs.

Pic­ture: David Sal­vaire

Rock­ing­ham ath­lete Trevor Scott gets in some train­ing with his dog Rosie at Hour­glass Re­serve.

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