We've been able to witness some remarkable athletes grace the Paralympic stage in 2021.
But it seems one Aussie bloke has become everyone's personal favourite in Tokyo.
After 13 years of rigorous training, Grant Patterson AKA "Scooter" has finally won a Paralympic medal, clinching a silver in the SB2 50m breaststroke event as well as a bronze in the 150m medley.
Having failed to quality for the 2016 Rio Games, it's the ultimate redemption tale for a man whose life story alone until this point is incredible to say the least.
In the pool, Scooter's talent is unquestionable.
But it's his impact on dry land within the Australian team and around the Tokyo village which he'll be truly remembered by.
By all accounts, the 32-year-old loveable larrikin is a pleasure to be around and an inspiration to the younger athletes coming through.
Scooter has diastrophic dysplasia, a form of dwarfism, which he often cracks jokes about and gives insights on.
His easy-going nature and quick wit has lead meany to believe that he has career opportunities waiting for him which will extend far beyond Tokyo itself.
Besides, Scooter has already been pronounced the unofficial mayor of his hometown Cairns.
:heart_eyes::swimmer: So much joy for best mates, silver medalist Ahmed Kelly and bronze medalist Grant 'Scooter' Patterson who says it's "13 years in the making!"- ABC SPORT (@abcsport) August 28, 2021
:computer: Blog: https://t.co/9dlLQpNLT5#Tokyo2020 #Paralympics #ParaSwimming #ParalympicGames pic.twitter.com/t4kjNt8Mwu
In all my years covering the @DolphinsAUS team Grant "Scooter" Patterson was a constant presence on pool deck. Such a nice dude. Always said hello. Always smiling. Always giving it 100%. To see him snare not just one but multiple #Paralympics medals at #Tokyo2020 is so so cool! pic.twitter.com/9IORc293Mm- Paul Cochrane (@paulcochrane) August 31, 2021
Long before he achieved Paralympic glory in #Tokyo for @DolphinsAUS, Scooter Patterson was my sporting hero.- Samuel Davis (@samdfnq) August 31, 2021
Sometimes swimming is actually about a lot more than winning a race, or holding a medal.
To his eternal credit, he sums it up pretty well here: https://t.co/9zppl7sZjq pic.twitter.com/obDRivw5KX
I absolutely love Scooter Patterson. Make him mayor of Cairns #TokyoParalympics2021- Luke McGarry (@LukeMcGarry7) August 31, 2021
Give Todd Hodgetts his own TV show. Actually, a double act with Scooter Patterson. Awesome energy & spirit.- Lauren Wood (@LaurenHeraldSun) August 31, 2021
"Anything is possible!!" @AUSParalympics :clap::muscle:
Speaking to News Corp after winning his first ever Paralympic medal, Scooter thanked everyone for the overwhelming support and love he has received throughout his journey.
"It's going nuts," he said.
"I'm very thankful for all the people back home that are supporting me but I nearly need a receptionist here to answer all the messages because I don't like to leave people short."
The fan favourite swimmer also revealed that he has received fan mail from a bunch of big-name celebrities as well as some super models.
"That's very touching, it's really special so I make sure I reach out to them and give them my email and number," Scooter added.
"I tell them that if they ever want to chat about some of the challenges in life that they have to overcome, which is a lot, I'd be more than happy to help in anyway, because I never really had many people to talk to when I was growing up in Cairns... there wasn't someone like me walking around."
What a hero.
A bright future certainly awaits Scooter when he touches back down on Australian shores.
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