A Rise support worker is representing Australia in a world fencing competition next month.
Scott Rawlins is a disability support worker and a fencing champion. He has faced his own challenges in life which help him relate to clients.
A love of fencing
Scott began fencing when he was 11 years old. He was looking for an alternative to team sports, which he didn’t enjoy.
Scott said he enjoyed the action of the sport. He competes in the open age category.
It’s a live sport and you feel very in the moment. I train 15-16 hours a week and teach as well.
You can hit your opponent anywhere on the body with the end of the sword.
In February this year, Scott was selected for the Australian fencing team. It’s something he has been aiming for since he was 14 years old.
For Scott, his achievements in the sport are greater than for most. At 25 years he was diagnosed with ADHD. He also has learning difficulties. Despite this he has just completed his masters at University of Western Australia, with his thesis on children who struggle with coordination.
Growing up, I used to there was something not right about me, but couldn’t put a finger on it. When I was diagnosed with ADHD, everything started to make sense.
After a while I learned how to work with my ADHD, rather than fight against an invisible foe. I learned that I was better than most at taking risks and having tunnel vision, but not so good at paying attention and being organised.
I also learned that I need more time than most to finish tasks and learn new things. That’s really hard to grasp at first, but in the end you learn to be gentle with yourself.
Scott’s goal is to help people with a disability engage in physical activities.
I know what it is like to struggle, that’s why I wanted to work for Rise. I want to share with others that they can do anything they put their mind to, and that no matter what obstacles are in their way, they can find a way around it.
Scott recently competed at the Robyn Chaplin competition in Adelaide and the Asian Championships in Hong Kong.
He competes for Australia in the World Championships in Germany from 19 July. The competition runs for two weeks. All the best, Scott!
Rise supports people with a disability, with individual care and accommodation. To find out more click here.