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Scott Meenagh

Sport: Para-Nordic Skiing, rowing and athletics

Scott Meenagh

In 2011, Scott was serving as a paratrooper in Afghanistan's Helmand Province when he stepped on an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) and lost both his legs. He was just 21 years old.

However, Scott, who had played rugby from a young age in Cumbernauld and played for Scotland at U18 level, refused to let the accident define the rest of his life and found a purpose and focus through sport.

Inspired and driven by the memory of lost colleagues, Scott learned to walk again on prosthetic legs with support from the staff at DMRC Headley Court and the Help for Heroes Sports Recovery programme.

Since then he has completed a host of awe-inspiring challenges:

  • hand cycling 350 miles across historic battlefields in France;
  • winning medals at the renowned Warrior Games;
  • climbing Ben Nevis; and
  • taking part in the first ever double amputee bungee jump in Scotland.

These humbling achievements led Scott to win the 'Overcoming Adversity Award' at the 2012 Sun Military Awards.

After captaining the British Army team at the Invictus Games in 2014, he was asked to join the GB Paralympic Rowing Team. He was invited to train full-time with the team, but narrowly missed out on selection to that year's Rio Games.

He also captained the Scotland senior rowing team at the home international regatta to their second win in 15 years.

At the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto he captained the British Army team to multiple medals as well as personally contributing two silvers (the IT2 1500m and 400m) on the athletics track.

Scott then switched to Para-Nordic Skiing and gained selection to the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea.

The former soldier became the first ParalympicsGB competitor in Nordic Skiing for 20 years and the first ever GB Para-Nordic sit skier. He competed in six different races over eight days - one of only three GB athletes to ever do that in a Paralympic Games. 

Scott says: "Sport has given me the purpose I lost when I was injured."