Two days after his 40th birthday, Scott Westcott ran a qualifying time of 2:15.30 at the 2015 Berlin Marathon, securing his spot on the 2016 Rio Olympic team and his debut Olympics.
Westcott set his sights on the Olympic Games marathon aged 16. He will be almost 41 when he runs in Rio. He has been close to Olympic Teams before. He ran qualifying times in the 5000m and 10,000m for the Sydney 2000 Games, and qualifying times for the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 marathon but missed out on team selection.
Westcott has been running marathons for over a decade. He set his personal best time of 2:11:36 at the 2005 Beppu-Oita International Marathon in Japan. He placed fourth in the marathon at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
Born in the NSW central west town of Parkes. Wescott was a high school teacher for 11 years, teaching agriculture, maths, science and PE. He has a Bachelor of Agriculture from the University of New England in Armidale.
Westcott is married to wife Jessica and have three children aged between eight and three: Noah, Finn and Frankie. He was a high school teacher for 11 years. He won the Pierre de Coubertin Award from the AOC in 1993.
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Parkes, NSW, Australia
Newcastle, NSW, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 4th (half marathon) - 2016 Australian Championships (Gold Coast, Australia)
- 3rd (10km) - 2016 Sydney 10 (Sydney, Australia)
- 27th (marathon) – 2015 Berlin Marathon (Berlin, Germany)
- 1st (half marathon) - 2014 Nagoya Half Marathon (Nagoya, Japan)
- Running 2:15:30 in the 2015 Berlin Marathon aged 40yrs and 2 days to earn Olympic qualification
- 2nd place in PB of 2hrs 11min 36 sec at Beppu-Oita International Marathon in February 2005
- 4th place at 2006 Commonwealth Games Marathon in Melbourne Australia in 2:16:32
- Parkes East Primary School, Parkes, NSW Australia
- Parkes High School, NSW, Australia
- Bachelor of Agriculture, University of New England, Armidale, NSW (1994-1997)
Self (2011 - present), Ian Leitch (1998 - 2001, 2005 - 2011), Dick Telford (2002 - 2004), David Sawer (1994 - 1997), John Atterton (1988 - 1993)
Macquarie Hunter, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia
Primary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- Byron Bay NSW or Falls Creek VIC
- Favourite music
- Dream car
- Holden ute
- Personal Motto
- When carbo loading for a marathon..... "If I feel full now don't worry, I'll be hungry again soon"
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- good coffee and a muffin
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Just the marathon. It's taken so bloody long to get here!
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Keiren Perkin's defense of 1500m title in 1996
- First Olympic Memory?
- Watching Steve Monneghetti finish strongly to place 5th at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Ian Leitch my long time coach and mentor. Hundreds of people have influenced me over my life, all are special.
- Why this sport?
- The marathon is the ultimate test of endurance.