Paralympian’s determination earns him role as Erskine Veterans’ Charity Ambassador

An inspirational Paralympian from North Lanarkshire has been announced as an ambassador for a major veterans charity.

Scott Meenagh, who served in Afghanistan, has supported Erskine veterans for the past six years, participating in the charity’s annual Sports Games and a variety of fundraising events.

Scott, who served with the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment, is currently training to compete in the Beijing 2022 Games in para-Nordic skiing.

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The 31-year-old from Cumbernauld lost both his legs 10 years ago after stepping on an explosive device while serving in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

He was hailed as one of the most inspirational athletes at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, where he became the first British Para-Nordic skier to compete for 20 years.

He also competed in six cross-country and biathlon races in just eight days, covering 60km – one of only three British athletes to have achieved the same.

Scott told Lanarkshire Live: ‘It’s a huge honor to be named an ambassador for the Erskine Veterans’ Charity.

“Erskine has been setting the standards for veteran care for over a century and seeing the incredible work they do gives me and my fellow veterans real confidence in the lifetime availability for us and our families.”

The paratrooper served as a paramedic for his unit, and the skills to help others helped save his own life.

Scott continues to demonstrate the determination, passion and hard work he has shown in the forces during his athletic career.

He set out to chart a course for others to follow, and his journey through the Invictus Games and GB Rowing led him to Para-Nordic Skiing, which in 2015 had no governing body, coaches or of athletes in the UK.

It was thanks to his dynamism and his determination to make things happen that he was able to participate in the Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeonchang in 2018.

Known for his contagious optimism and his pursuit of success in all areas of his life, Scott’s presence and encouragement prove to be very motivating for the residents of Erskine.

Scott is training for the Paralympic Games in Beijing next year

Erskine Managing Director Ian Cumming said: “We are delighted that Scott has agreed to become our Ambassador.

“It has been a pleasure getting to know him over the years and witnessing the warmth and connection that our veterans, staff and volunteers feel every time they meet him.

“It’s great to have him on board to support our shared vision of a Scotland where all veterans and their families are valued and respected. Scott will no doubt inspire us and help us reach a wider audience at as we grow and progress as a charity in the future.”

Learn more about the charity’s work online.

You can follow on Twitter, search for the charity on Facebook or listen to Erskine Veterans Radio.

You can support Erskine here.

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