This Dad Just Scored a Spot in Rio As the Oldest Australian to Qualify

They say that kids learn by example, and Scott Westcott just taught his kids the lesson of a lifetime. The forty-year-old runner has tried out for the Australian Olympic track and field team four times without making the cut…

until this year!

After deciding to retire back in 2013, this father of three decided to give it one last shot (he definitely knew he had unfinished business to resolve) and finally made the team. Practice does make perfect! Westcott has been a marathon runner pretty much his entire life, in addition to working full-time, coaching 8 to 10 up-and-coming track and field athletes, and uh being a full-time dad. He had been trying to quality for the Olympic team, but after him and wife, Jess, had their third child, he knew he needed to put his dreams aside and focus on fatherhood.


He ran the Melbourne Marathon in 2013 and deemed it his “retirement race” (he finished seventh at 2:14:21, only 3 minutes shy of his personal best). Since then he worked as a recreational running manager, jumping in at his athletes’ practices and keeping himself in tip top shape. When he turned 40 in 2015, he ran the Berlin Marathon (with the blessing of his adorable family, of course) and ran it in 2:15:30 – a speed faster than the Olympic qualifying standards. He knew he had to get back in the game.

He will be the oldest Australian athlete to make their debut at the games in Rio and we are so ready to watch his run!

Photo credit: Runner’s World

Allison Cooper is a full time blogger at Project Motherhood and freelance writer. You can find her balancing her time equally between writing, spending time with her family, running, or sipping on strong coffee! Connect with her on twitter for daily chit chat and mama musings!