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.