Mr Paralympian ÔÇô Andy Scott calls it a day after 46 years | SASCOC - SASCOC

Mr Paralympian ÔÇô Andy Scott calls it a day after 46 years

He’s known as ÔÇ£Mr ParalympicsÔÇØ to anyone who has ever come close to sport for people with disabilities, and it was with a heavy heart that Nedbank’s Chief of Sponsorships Andy Scott said goodbye to the Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled, presented by SASAPD.

Scott, has undergone the full circle from being a Paralympian world record holder, to administrator, to head of Paralympics South Africa, administrator and later as Nedbank’s driving force behind their sponsorship of the National Championships, is retiring after a magnificent 46-year career.

It was way back in 1967 when Scott, then a tender 14 years and 27 days wowed the world by breaking his first record at the Independence Gala in then-Salisbury, Rhodesia. He followed that up by breaking the world record at the Paralympics, becoming the youngest ever world-record holder with a swim in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1968.

As an athlete Scott swam in the Paralympics in 1968 and 1972, and again in 1980, representing Rhodesia in several World Championships before finally turning to administration and the start of a driving passion to make sport for people with disabilities become the force it is today.

Struck down with polio as a child, Scott was never one to let it rule his life, and has spent his life promoting sport to the extent that it will be a sad day when he isn’t around to witness the incredible feats at the Nedbank Championships anymore.

ÔÇ£Once I got through my sporting career, I put myself into the administrative field, and helped build up the Paralympic committee in Zimbabwe, and then moved to South Africa and got involved in the administration,ÔÇØ he reminisces.

ÔÇ£I was very proud with the role I played over the years and then joined Nedbank seven years ago. Nedbank were already heavily involved with sport for people with disabilities and I was privileged to be able to continue and manage that process.ÔÇØ

Scott speaks fondly of his time with SASAPD, Paralympics and Nedbank and much of the sport’s growth and prominence is thanks to his drive and determination.

ÔÇ£Seeing it from athlete, administrator, promoter and sponsor’s perspective, it has been a full circle and nothing less than a privilege. I have to say I was kindly invited to present some medals the other night and it took me back to how important those medals are to athletes, and what it meant. It was very special to me to present some of those medals.ÔÇØ

It hopefully won’t be the last we see of him, and knowing Andy like many do, it will be difficult to keep him away from spreading the gospel of sport for people with disabilities further.

ÔÇ£From a Nedbank point of view, although I’m in my retirement, I would obviously like to stay involved and would like to assist Nedbank and SASAPD where I can. All that hard work would be sad if it disappeared and went nowhere. Everybody knows I’m sport crazy and this is what my passion is. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, the contacts and media I’ve worked with.

ÔÇ£It is probably with heavy heart in a formal capacity, but let’s wait and see, the fat lady hasn’t sung yetÔǪ.let’s wait and see.ÔÇØ

Rosabelle Riese
Rosabelle Riese

Dear Andy Thank you for your world-class service and sacrifice to Sport for Disabled, in particular the SA Paralympic movement and extra-ordinary development thereof. You have been instrumental in so many of us enjoying and excelling in our sport and taking us to greater heights. The Butterfly will always remind me of you... May your life be abundantly blessed! Rosabelle