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.
- 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?
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.