Craig Scott, Swimming

What sport do you coach?

Swimming. And I love it!

Why did you start coaching?

MWAS asked me to step in when one of their swimming coaches left. I always loved swimming, so I took it on and have never looked back.

I’ve been coaching for last four years and I really enjoy it. It’s so much fun and especially now when my son Flynn is swimming.

What sport do you play?

  • I’ll take any opportunity to go swimming in the ocean.
  • I used to do kids triathlon which I enjoyed as it develops you as an athlete in a broader way.
  • These days, I play water polo competitions with the B52s.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Swim Australia Teacher of Competitive Swimming
  • Member of Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association WA (ASCTA WA)
  • Board member of Swimming WA.

Three words that best describe you

Competitive, firm, appreciative.

If you were an animal, what would you like to be?

If I wasn’t human, I’d be a sea lion who gets to swim around and chase fish. Then they sit in the sun and spend their time sunbaking all day. As a fisherman, I see a lot of them and they are actually my competitors when I’m trying to catch a fish. 

Athletic career achievements

I’ve been swimming for 26 years. Highlights of my career include:

  • 1990 - Australian Nationals; Swimming WA  – I was the State champion
  • 1991 – Australian Nationals (competing with the world champion, and former world record-holder, Michael Klim)
  • 1992 – the winner of the Milo Triathlon Series U13.

Coaching achievements

  • 2015 – Flynn Scott (my son) was the swimming champion at the Swimming Australia Nationals; he won eight state medals (one gold)
  • 2016 - Kelly Giles was the Swimming champion at the Swimming Australia Nationals; she won nine state medals (five Gold).

Do you have a sports idol?

Being Australian it must be one of our most popular athletes, Ian Thorp.

I also like and admire James Magnussen who despite shoulder surgery didn’t give up and worked hard to make it to the recent Summer Olympics in Rio and won a Bronze medal in the 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay.

What sort of work you do?

Commercial fishing

What are your hobbies?

I love Free Diving – it’s just you and the deep blue. You can’t hear anybody taking, complaining and arguing. There is no other place that gives you a sense of connection with yourself.

What advice would you give to an aspiring young athlete?

  • Learn how to set goals in sport and life.
  • How do you eat an elephant? One bite at the time!
  • Sandwich rule; Fly high, fly low, finish on high.
  • Learn as much as you can from sport and apply it to your life.