Walking the Walk

Andy Scott (47), the  Sports Trust’s new Chief Operations Officer (Nedbank, South Africa), contracted polio as a baby while living in what was then Rhodesia but he refused to let a little thing thing like this interfere with his dreams of achieving sporting glory and helping others reach theirs.

Scott went on to hold 13 world records in a sporting career spanning 22 years. At age 15 he became the youngest World Record Holder in Paralympic history when he smashed the 50 metre breast stroke record at the 1968 Paralympics in Tel Aviv.

He also played wheelchair basketball for Rhodesia, Zimbabwe and South Africa and was responsible for bringing the game into the mainstream when he helped set up the world’s only televised wheelchair basketball series on Supersport. A new four-year contract has just been signed and the television station will be ploughing substantial sums of money into the game.

I came from a very difficult family background and sport was the only thing I had to hold on to, Scott says.

In the water I felt a sense of equality

But he expects no sympathy for people just because they’re disabled. Like everyone else out there, a disabled person has to earn his stripes, he says. However, having said that, it’s important we look at a person’s ability rather than his disability.

Source: Nedbank website