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Eaton athlete on his marks in London
Eaton athlete on his marks in London

Watching the Olympic athletics events gave Brad Scott goosebumps.

Tomorrow night, it will be the Eaton Paralympian’s turn in the limelight when he starts his first events in London.

The middle-distance runner, who has cerebral palsy, won a silver medal at the Beijing Games in 2008.

He is keen to compete again and has been in Britain acclimatising with the Australian team since late July.

‘‘It has all happened so quickly and with all the Australian Paralympic Committee team functions over the last few months, it has been very hard to avoid the excitement,’’ Scott said.

‘‘Watching the athletics during the Olympics and feeling the atmosphere in that stadium makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and I can’t wait to get out there.’’

After his stellar Paraylmpic debut Scott, 24, has continued to make his mark on the track.

A the IPC Athletics World Championships last year he won a silver medal for his efforts in the 800m and bronze as a member of Australia’s 4x100m relay team.

In London, Scott will compete in the 800m but has also added the 1500m to his repertoire after he raised eyebrows in October 2011 by setting an unofficial world record over the distance at a meeting in Canberra.

Scott said he was better prepared for his second Paralympics.

‘‘Even though I was ecstatic with winning a silver in Beijing, I knew that if I was going to have any chance of performing well in London, I needed to make some big improvements,’’ he said.

‘‘The last four years my coach and I have worked tirelessly on these areas. I am stronger and fitter than I ever have been before and feeling as good as I do now.

‘‘I can’t wait to get out on that track and run my own race.’’

After last night’s opening ceremony, Paralympic competition will begin in London today.

Scott will compete in his heat of the 800m tomorrow with the final to be held the following night.

The 1500m, which will be run as a straight final, will be held on Monday.

Scott said he felt proud and fortunate to be part of the Australian team.

‘‘To know that I will be competing in my second Paralympics gives me a sense of belonging and I know that everyone who has supported me on this journey will be running my races with me,’’ he said.

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