4 MARCH - 13 MARCH 2022 (UTC)

28 August - 8 Sept 2024 (FST)

Scott Martlew

Para canoe
Name Scott Martlew
Sport Para canoe
Date of Birth
23 September 1992
Coach Leigh Barker
Resides Christchurch
Occupation Junior Quality Surveyor
Classification KL3
Impairment (Disability)
Single Limb deficiency
 Paralympian # 198 - Rio 2016


Major International Results
2018 ICF Para Canoe World Championships  Silver - Men's 200m KL2
2017 ICF Para Canoe World Championships 4th - Men's 200m KL3 (final B)
2016 Rio Paralympic Games  8th – Men’s 200m KL3
2016 ICF Para Canoe World Championships 10th - Men's 200m KL3
2015 ICF Para Canoe World Championships 10th - Men's 200m KL3
2014 ICF Para Canoe World Championships 7th – Men's 200m KL3
2013 ICF Para Canoe World Championships 7th - Men's 200m KL3
2012 ICF Para Canoe World Championships 5th - Men's 200m KL3


Scott first started kayaking when he was 16 but was very active in other paddling sports before that. Scott had aspirations of making it to the Olympics. 

All of a sudden everything changed for Scott when he received a tear to his left quadriceps from a knock in a game of rugby. The tear got infected with a flesh eating bacteria and his leg had to be amputated in order to save his life. That same dream was altered slightly from Olympic dreams to Paralympic dreams and here Scott is today - a New Zealand Paralympian having represented his country at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. His dream came true as both Scott and the sport of Para canoe made a Paralympic debut. Scott took to the water in Rio and produced outstanding results improving his world ranking to 8th. He was part of the New Zealand Paralympic Team who won a stunning 21 medals across 12 individual medallists in 2016 (9 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze). The Team finished first in the world per capita and 13th in the world overall (previous best: 16th).

Another great sporting moment for Scott was winning a gold and silver medal in the 4 man surf canoe at the New Zealand Surf Lifesaving Nationals in March 2011 just 10 months after having his leg amputated. That same feat was achieved with the same crew in March 2010. There weren’t very many dry eyes on the beach on that occasion. Also making it extra special was sharing the victories with the crew consisting of Scott's twin brother and good mates.

About Scott

Classification means...

Athletes compete in kayaks propelled by a double blade paddle. These athletes all have a physical impairment and are grouped into three sports classes.

Sport Class KL3 - Athletes in this sports class have trunk and partial leg function, they are able to sit with trunk in forward flexed position in the kayak and able to use at least one leg/prosthesis.


Classification Means...

Major Partners

ToyatoHigh Performance Sport New Zealand

Official Partners

Adecco ACCHarvey NormanTVNZ

Community Partners

SanfordNew Zealand Chambers of Commerce
New Zealand Racing BoardPub CharityThe Lion FoundationNew Zealand Community Trust

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