Scotty James can now add “Australia’s first male snowboard medallist” to his long list of accomplishments. Competing in the Halfpipe on Wednesday 14 February, Scotty, who carried the flag for Australia in the opening ceremony, was only beaten by American Shaun White and Japan’s Ayumu Hirano.
When asked what growing up in Warrandyte has meant for him, his mum was full of praise - "He's just Scotty James from Warrandyte, that's just who he is. He knows it, he loves it and I think that's the thing he misses... just being away."
Meanwhile, the children from Scotty’s former school in Ringwood East, Tintern Grammar, got together to watch his Olympic performance.
One of his former teachers, Adam Kenny, said he continues to give a lot back to Tintern and its students. "He often comes back to school and last year one of our students was over in Aspen and went up and said g'day to him and Scotty gave him one of his training jackets just as a gesture of goodwill," he said.
"It just goes to show what a lovely young fellow he is ... they've all met him and he's signed everything for them."
For all his successes on the world stage, he remains a home boy at heart, and luckily for us home is right here in the Outer Eastern Suburbs. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for our young gun!
Quotes and images sourced from: ABC, Sporting News, Nine