AT 18 years old, Scott Reardon learned to run all over again.
After losing his leg in a farming accident at the age of 12, the Australian turned to waterskiing — in which he became a world champion — but soon realised he needed a new challenge.
“In 2008, I was sitting at home watching the Beijing Paralympic Games and I realised I needed a change from what I was doing,” Reardon tells news.com.au.
“I wanted something bigger and better and, long story short, I ended up going down to the AIS in Canberra and ended up with head coach Iryna Dvoskina who saw some potential in me.
“I got a prosthetic leg put on me for the first time and it was at the end of 2008 and 2009 that I started to learn to run again.”
That’s where his inspiring 16-second video begins — at the start of his new journey to chase a Paralympic dream, which he achieved in 2012, winning silver in the men’s 100m T42.
It all began with what he describes as a “hobble”, but slowly evolved into a world-class technique.
Within days of the 24-year-old posting the clip on his Facebook page this month, which can be seen below, it had registered more than 80,000 views.