Scotty Reardon is a through-knee amputee sprinter. In the 2013, 2015 and 2017 IPC World Championships and the Rio 2016 Paralympics, he took home the Gold medal for his T42 classification in the 100m race and in 2013, equalled his World Record.
Scotty grew up on a farm outside of Temora in Western NSW and loved to waterski. In 2002, at only 12 years of age, Scotty got his shoelace caught in the power shaft of a tractor and severed his right leg through the knee. He was rushed from his farm to the Temora hospital, however, being a small town of less than 5,000 people, the hospital wasn’t equipped to deal with such a tragedy.
Snowy Hydro SouthCare literally helped save Scotty’s life. They flew to Temora and helped stabilise Scotty before transporting him to Canberra where the trauma unit was better equipped to operate. Here he spent a month in hospital recovering and amazed doctors by re-learning to walk in just one week.
Scotty continued his love of water-skiing - on one leg, representing Australia three times at the Water-Skiing World Championships and winning the world title twice in 2007 and 2009.
Scotty competed in the 2016 Rio Paralympics and won GOLD in the T42 100m! He also won gold at the 2017 Para World Championships in London. We can all help support his campaign by purchasing one of his amazing Tee designs. Scotty is extremely grateful that Snowy Hydro SouthCare played a huge part in saving his life and was grateful to have the opportunity to give back. Snowy Hydro South Care are now fully funded by the government which is brilliant, allowing them to save more lives. However, they can no longer receive donations as a charity, so Scotty has now chose to direct all of his profits to batyr, a youth mental health organisation that aim to #SmashTheStigma of mental health!He's grateful to raise plenty of awareness and funds for the organisation that helped save his life, and now hopes to raise an abundance of awareness and funds for an organisation that will help save and change other peoples lives through improvements in mental health.
Check out the two video interviews in the links below where Scotty tells his story:
Scotty Explaining his connection to batry and smashing the stigma mental health:
VISION; An Australia where young people engage in positive conversations about mental health and are empowered to seek out help when needed.
Mission; To deliver innovative peer-to-peer programs that engage, educate and empower young people. batyr’s programs focus on addressing issues that impact the mental health of young people, and promote resilience and help seeking behaviour.