Scott Meenagh
Sport: Rowing

D.O.B: 16/09/1989

Nationality: British

Event: Trunk & Arms (TA) Rowing

Home Town: Cumbernauld

Club: Army Boat Club

Training Venue: Caversham & Bisham Abbey

Achievements

2014: Captain of British Armed Forces Rowing Team, Invictus Games, 2 x Silver Medallist

2015: British Indoor Racing Championships, Silver Medallist

2015: International Para Rowing Regatta, Italy, Gold and Bronze Medallist

2015: Scotland Senior Men Rowing Captain, Home International Regatta

In November 2014 Scott was invited to train full-time with GB Rowing in the run up to the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

Scott comes from a proud military background and is one of the few graduates to make the elite 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment, renowned as one of the toughest military training programmes in the world. He has a love for sport, in particular rugby and was a promising young player.

In 2011, Scott was serving in Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) and lost both his legs. Scott refused to let misfortune hold him back: inspired by sport, driven by the memory of lost colleagues, the immeasurable support from the staff at DMRC Headley Court and the Help for Heroes Sports Recovery programme, Scott managed to achieve more than what most might do within a lifetime. Scott was awarded the ‘Overcoming Adversity Award’ during the 2012 Sun Military Awards.

Since learning to walk again, on prosthetic legs, Scott has participated in many awe inspiring challenges that include winning medals at the Endeavour Games as well as the Warrior Games in America. Scott also cycled 350 miles through battlefields in France, on a specially adapted hand cycle in the Help for Heroes Big Battlefield Bike ride; climbed Ben Nevis in Scotland and took part in Scotland’s first double amputee bungee jump. In 2013, Scott was introduced to rowing and immediately fell in love with the sport. He has devoted himself to the discipline and has achieved outstanding results in a very short space of time.

Scott was a part of the British Paralympic Association’s Paralympic Inspiration Programme (PiP) where Help for Heroes funded a number of beneficiaries with a real interest in pursuing sport as a career to the Sochi Winter Paralympics in 2014 to get an understanding of what elite sport is all about.  Scott was also one of the first athletes selected to participate in the Help for Heroes and British Paralympic Association, Front Line to Start Line Talent ID and Education programme.

Scott was named Captain of the British Armed Forces rowing team in the 2014 London Invictus Games. He led by example and won two silver medals competing in the trunk/arms 1 and 4 minute, team and IV 4 marathon indoor events.