Paralympic runner is gunning for gold
Paralympic runner is gunning for gold

Bunbury middle-distance runner Brad Scott got the green light to compete at his second Paralympics last week after being selected in Australia’s team for the London 2012 games.

Scott, who was born with cerebral palsy, won a silver medal for his efforts in the 800m at Beijing four years ago — his first Paralympics.

Since then, the 22-year-old has added the 1500m to his repertoire and will compete in both events at London.

‘‘It’s definitely a good thing to be able to back up (after Beijing) and go on another four-year cycle,’’ Scott said.

‘‘My plan is to go one better in London and pick up a few gold medals.’’

Despite being an accomplished athlete, Scott burst onto the national Paralympics scene just two years before the Beijing Games. Since then, he has achieved stellar international results including a silver medal for the 800m at the IPC Athletics World Championships last year and bronze as part of Australia’s 4x100m relay team.

Scott said he was better prepared for London than he had been for Beijing.

‘‘It’s definitely going to be a better experience for myself,’’ he said.

‘‘I would like to think I’m a more professional athlete now and that I understand what it takes to become a professional athlete and perform at my best.

‘‘I really feel like I’m in the best form of my life and feel like I can go out there and do my country proud.’’

The 2012 Paralympics begin on August 29 and run for 12 days.

Scott said he was looking forward to returning to Bunbury to watch his brother Matt play with the Eaton Boomers in the SWFL after competing in London.

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