Kelly Butler

“I first met Scott when I heard him speak about paratriathlon at an organization I am actively involved in. As a new wheelchair user who previously had been a triathlete I was very eager to learn as much as I could from him. He was very approachable and spent quite a while speaking to me individually and giving me tips and insights into the sport. A month or so later I was looking for a local triathlon to participate in and I struggled to determine which races would be accessible, welcoming, and an overall good experience as a paratriathlete. I was overwhelmed with the logistics so I reached out to Scott. He was very encouraging and spent a lot of time over the next several weeks speaking with me, researching race courses for me, emailing and speaking with race directors on my behalf to help guide them in incorporating adaptive athletes into their races. Ultimately this led to my very first paratriathlon being a huge success for both myself as well as the race directors. And Scott helped me with this simply because he truly cares. Months later Scott demonstrated again how approachable and caring he is when I reached out to him with more questions. Despite being out of state on a family vacation he took my calls and talked through problem solving with me. Even though I was not a coached client and wasn’t paying him, Scott consistently spent time helping me and never made me feel less important because of that. He treats everyone like they matter and genuinely wants to help others. Later Scott coached me at Camp Catapult, a paratriathlon camp in Texas. He is knowledgeable in all disciplines and under his guidance I improved in all areas. As for swimming, I learned a lot in both the pool and in his “in the water with you” open water swim technique sessions. By reviewing video recordings of my swim stroke with me Scott was able to guide me to make corrections that notably improved my swim times. Another area he really made a difference for me in was in teaching me how to race in a push-rim. I had never been in one prior to the camp and in a short time I was comfortable with the technique and skills to maneuver and race in the chair. He is a patient, flexible and caring coach. Camp is a unique situation where you are able to observe the coaches working with different athletes. I noticed that Scott was flexible in his coaching and utilized different approaches and communication styles with each individual athlete to match their personality and learning style. He also is knowledgeable and skilled at coaching various levels of athletes, from beginners to elite paralympic hopefuls and is able to create a positive environment of continued growth and success no matter the level of the athlete. Another great thing about Scott is that he is authentic and real. A coach needs to encourage and motivate their athlete along the way but in order to fully benefit from any cheerleading you need to trust that they’re also going to tell you when you need to work on something or re-evaluate a goal or else the positive feedback is diluted. You can trust that Scott will always have your best interests in mind and he’s going to be your biggest cheerleader but that he’ll also give constructive feedback”

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