Scott Lutes

Scott Lutes


Scott Lutes became a wheelchair user after a motor vehicle accident in 1974. He started competitive sailing in 2007 in the Martin 16 and 2.4mR classes. Winning his first Martin 16 regatta, Coupe de Québec, gave him a real appetite for racing. In August 2011, he tried out for a position on the three-person Sonar. He joined the team full-time in November 2011.

Lutes loves sports because it creates the need to strive for consistent high performance. It also heightens his awareness in day-to-day living and working. Sailing gives him an amazing thrill and is something he can do for life. He says that while sailing, disabilities don’t matter and a person finds ways to adapt and bring their abilities into play.

Rio 2016 will be Lutes’ second Paralympic Games. He placed tenth at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. He has his sights set on a podium finish for this year’s Games, along with Sonar teammates Paul Tingley and Logan Campbell.


Lutes’ career highlights come from his most recent competitions, including a gold medal finish at the 2016 Miami World Cup, and a silver medal finish at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Test Event. Lutes hopes to add a Paralympic medal to his highlights, and says “the team is ready to race and in the mood to win” at Rio 2016.


2016 Miami World Cup – Sonar – 1st
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup – Sonar – 3rd
2014 IFDS World Championship – Sonar – 2nd
2012 Paralympic Games – Sonar – 10th



2016 Rio ParalympicsSailing Keelboat - 3 person (Sonar)bronze


Games Sport Event Result
2016 Rio Paralympics Sailing Keelboat - 3 person (Sonar) 3
2012 London Paralympics Sailing Sonar (3-person) - Open 10