Sport as a chance for a social live
As a child, Scout Bassett spent seven years in a government-run orphanage in Nanjing, China after she was abandoned on the side of a road following the loss of her right leg in a chemical fire. Given a makeshift prosthetic leg made from leather belts and masking tape, she rarely stepped outside of the orphanage until being adopted by an American couple from Michigan in 1995. Scout found it difficult to assimilate to her new life and struggled to connect with her peers. Turning to sports as a social outlet she was able to try various sports.
Scout’s prosthetist encouraged her to try a running blade and at 14, she was introduced to the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). CAF gave her a grant to fund her training while also allowing her to attend running clinics and mentor young amputees.
“I want girls to see my sports prosthesis and say, 'This is something that is powerful and beautiful and stunning.' I want them to see the places you can go and the things you can overcome through sport.”
Scout Bassett, Para athlete and Ottobock ambassador
From Para triathlon to Para athletics
She started her sports career with competing in Para triathlon, winning several medals in the Para Triathlon World Championships (2007 -2011), before she switched to Para athletics, which gave her the opportunity to qualify for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.
Her full-time training paid off and she ended up being fifth in the 100 metre and in tenth place in the long jump competition. Scout won her first international gold medal in long jump during the Parapan American Games in Lima in 2019.
Off the track, Scout still spends her time as an Para athlete ambassador and motivational speaker.
- Nation: USA
- Year of birth: 1988
- Sport: Para Athletics – 100 m, Long jump
- Classification: T63
- Coach: Tonie Campbell
Victories and achievements
- Parapan American Games Lima 2019:
- Gold medal in long jump
- World Para Athletics Championships London 2017:
- Bronze medal on 100 m
- Bronze medal in long jump
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