Where are they Now – Andrew Scott (OH 1990)
Andrew Scott (OH 1990) developed a keen interest in running while attending Haileybury, inspired at age 14 by the deeds of former distance running legend Alex Davey. Alex was one of a select few athletes to win the 800,1500, 3000 metre treble at the APS athletics sports. Andrew made up for what he “lacked in natural ability with a burning drive to get the best out of himself in the sport”. This journey involved being part of a Golden Age in sport at Haileybury, as a member of Athletics Premiership teams in 1988 and 1989, winning the Under 17 1500m at the latter, and a trio of Cross Country Premierships between 1988 and 1990.
His running journey and progression continued beyond school, peaking with a Victorian Junior title and top five National rankings over three distances. Injuries curtailed his progression beyond this, although the dream of chasing an Olympic berth spurred him on to, narrowly missing a medal with a 4th place finish at the 1999 National titles, and a place on the starting line at the Sydney Olympic Trials running in the newly built Olympic stadium. Andrew’s running journey culminated in a number of Victorian masters titles before his knees started to tell him it was time to find a new sporting pursuit in his early 40’s. Since then a love of soccer has evolved in both a playing and a following sense. Attending the past 3 World Cups and travelling the world in doing so, have been highlights.
Andrew’s had the pleasure of working in education for much of his adult life in various roles and was fortunate enough to live and work in London for a number of years doing so, and is currently teaching Mathematics and Physical Education at Ringwood Secondary College. A passion for the fitness industry has also seen him take on consultancy roles, predominantly as a fitness advisor with the AFL/VFL umpiring department over a span of more than a decade. Andrew has also enjoyed taking on a number of junior coaching roles, including his daughter’s underage football team. As Judson’s Clarke’s school football coach in Years 7 and 8, watching his progression to senior football with the Tigers this season has been a recent source of great pride.
As a long time Captain and current President of Old Haileybury Cross Country Club, an involvement that spans more than 30 years, some of Andrew’s fondest running memories have been forged. “Being part of 9 APSOC premierships between 2003 and 2013, the fierce rivalries with both Old Scotch and Old Xaverians, pulling on the magenta singlet alongside some greats of the sport, including Alex Davey, Chris Bowden, Ryan Taylor, Nigel Adkin, Jordan Williamsz, Haftu Strintzos, and the friendships made along the way has made the journey immensely enjoyable!” You are amazing, Andrew! Thank you for your passion and dedication to the OHA Cross Country Club! If you would like to join the OHA Cross Country Club, please contact Andrew via [email protected]