Scot Severn


Name: Scot Severn
Sport: Track and Field
Event: Shot Put, Discus, Javelin
Height: 6'2" 
Current Residence: Caro, Mich.
College: Saginaw Valley State University '94

Paralympic Experience:

  • 2008 Paralympic Games
  • 2012 Paralympic Games, bronze (shot put), 8th (javelin), 9th (discus)

Career Highlights:

  • 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships, silver medal (shot put) 
  • 2012 U.S. Paralympic National Championships, gold medal (discus), silver medal (javelin, shot put)
  • 2011 Parapan American Games, silver medal (discus, shot put)
  • 2011 IPC World Championships, fourth place (shot put)
  • 2010 U.S. Paralympic National Championship, gold medal (shot put), silver medal (javelin, discus)
  • 2008 U.S. Paralympic National Championship, gold medal (discus, javelin, shot put)

Facts: On Aug. 14, 1989, Severn was on duty with the U.S. Army Reserves at Camp Grayling in Michigan when he was struck by lightning... Direct hit threw him 40 feet and caused external as well as internal burns and nerve damage... Damage left him as an incomplete quadriplegic who uses a wheelchair for daily activities... Began bowling soon after his accident and still competes... Did not start participating in wheelchair sports until 2003... On Labor Day 2006, he handcycled across the Mackinaw Bridge with Gov. Jennifer Granholm as part of the Governor's mentoring program... Believes wheelchair sports fill a void left by the lightning bolt 18 years ago... Currently serves as the Sports Director for the Michigan Parlyzed Veterans of American and serves on the Michigan DNR Accessibility Advisory Council... Married his wife, Brenda in 1994... They now have three children, Nicole (13), Kyle (11) and Colton (10)... Member of Wheelin' Team 457 that was inducted into the Michigan Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame as Athletes of the Year in 2007... Member of Michigan Storm Wheelchair Rugby team that was inducted into the Michigan Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame as well as Athlete of the Year in 2005... Various MVP titles from Michigan Wheelchair Games and Ohio Wheelchair Games.

Learn more: 
US Para Track and Field

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