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Scott Meenagh

Para Nordic Skiing

Fact File

Date of birth

16 September 1989

Sport

Para-Nordic Skiing

Club

Strathclyde Park Rowing Club

Discipline

LW12 Sit Skier

Biography

Scott has recently switched to PAra Nordic Skiing with a view to gaining selection for the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games as an LW12 sit skier. We are excited to follow Scotts progress into 2017 as he begins training and competing in his new sport!

In 2014, after his appointment as Invictus Games Captain of the British Armed Forces Rowing Team, Scott was invited to train full-time with the GB Paralympic Rowing team, narrowly missing out on selection to the Rio Games. Meenagh has now turned his attention to Nordic Skiing and is due to compete in his first winter event towards the close of 2016. Scott has ambitions to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games before returning to Rowing for the Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

Scott, the 2016 Invictus Games Rowing Champion, has a proud military background. Meenagh is one of the few graduates to make the elite 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment, renowned as one of the toughest military training programmes in the world. In 2011, Scott was serving in Helmand province of Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) and lost both his legs.

Inspired by sport, driven by the memory of lost colleagues, the immeasurable support from the staff at DMRC Headley Court and the Help for Heroes Sports Recovery programme, Scott learned to walk again on prosthetic legs and has participated in a host of awe inspiring challenges; hand cycling 350 miles across battlefields in France, winning medals at the renowned Warrior Games, climbing Ben Nevis and took part in the first ever double amputee bungee jump in Scotland. These humbling achievements led Scott to winning the ‘Overcoming Adversity Award’ at the 2012 Sun Military Awards.

Achievements

2016
Invictus Games Champion, IR6 4min Rowing; Gavirate International Regatta, Double Silver Medallist, TA Single Scull
2015
British Indoor Racing Championships, Silver Medallist; Gavirate International Regatta Champion, TA Single Scull
2014
Double Silver Medallist at the Invictus Games as Captain of the British Armed Forces Rowing Team, IR6 1min & 4min

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