Placeholder

Scott Meenagh

Para Nordic Skiing

Fact File

Date of birth

16 September 1989

Sport

Para-Nordic Skiing

Club

GB Para Nordic

Discipline

LW12 Sit Skier

Biography

 

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

 Inspired by sport and driven by the memory of lost colleagues, along with 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.

 In 2014, after his appointment as Invictus Games Captain of the British Armed Forces Rowing Team, where he won two silver medals, Scott was invited to train full-time with the GB Paralympic Rowing team, narrowly missing out on selection to the Rio Games in 2016. 

Scott had enjoyed a taste of winter sport during the Winter Paralympics in Sochi 2014, which he experienced as part of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme. After the disappointment of Rio, he turned his attention to Para Nordic Skiing which consists of two disciplines; cross-country skiing and biathlon. Scott made his competitive debut for Great Britain at the World Cup in Vuokatti, Finland in December 2016. 

Scott qualified for the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games where he became the first ParalympicsGB Para Nordic skier to compete for 20 years and the first ever GB athlete to compete in a sitting class. Not content with this, he also competed in six cross country and biathlon races in just eight days, covering 60km - one of only three GB athletes to ever achieve the same. His best result was in the men’s 12.5km sitting biathlon where he finished 13th.

 Hailed as one of the most inspiring athletes to come out of the 2018 games, Scott continues to train and compete at world level, with a focus on reaching the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. 

Achievements

2019
World Para Nordic Skiing Championship - 3 top ten finishes
2018
Winter Paralympics, PyeongChang
2017
Invictus Games (Athletics) - Silver: IT2 1500m, Silver: IT2 400m
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
"Scott had a significant impact on everyone at the conference. He hit out of the park with everyone, his speech resonated with all and his story really aligned with our messaging... it was a privilege to have him in our company"
CEO DAC Group

Supported by