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Man paralysed from the waist down at 16 becomes bodybuilding 'beast'
When Nick Scott got into a car accident at the age of 16, he thought his American football dreams were over.
Doctors told him he was paralysed from the waist down and would not be able to walk or play football again.
Nick became a wheelchair user and as he came to terms with what had happened, his weight increased to over 300lbs and he felt discouraged.
However, the 37-year-old turned this tragic accident into triumph when he decided to try weightlifting.
Nick from San Antonio, Texas, began to train on the bench press as he could still compete in weightlifting.
He began powerlifting before entering his first wheelchair bodybuilding competition in 2006.
Nicknamed ‘the beast’, he became a champion at the 2014 IFBB Dallas Pro show.
He said: ‘If I couldn’t play football, sports or anything, the one thing I could be was stronger than everybody. And that’s what I did.’
The weightlifter was also delighted to win the IFBB Dallas Pro Show.
He added: ‘Of all the awards this is the most sentimental and it’s closest to my heart because it shows the significance that I beat all the wheelchair bodybuilders around the world and I lead by example.’
Since then, Nick has been raising awareness about wheelchair bodybuilding and his hard work led to the 2016 Arnold Classic Pro Wheelchair competition and the Wheelchair Olympia in 2018.
Nick is launching an apparel range to support the community and he also became a professional speaker in 2005.
He has toured around the United States and the world sharing his story and encouraging and empowering others.
He said: ‘This is one of the highlights of my career. I take pride in is getting wheelchair bodybuilding acknowledged as a professional sport.
‘And the significance of that is that wheelchair bodybuilding is now on the same platform as other able body athletes.’