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Wheelchair body builder set for motivational speaking event at OU

By The Herald Staff | 11/30/2012

A local body builder is set to speak Tuesday at Ottawa University.

Nick Scott, 28, a motivational speaker and an award-winning wheelchair body builder, is expected to speak at 8 p.m. at Fredrikson Chapel, 1011 S. Cedar St., Ottawa. Scott, Ottawa, said his speech is going to focus on giving people a “blueprint” on how to get where they want in life.

A local body builder is set to speak Tuesday at Ottawa University.

Nick Scott, 28, a motivational speaker and an award-winning wheelchair body builder, is expected to speak at 8 p.m. at Fredrikson Chapel, 1011 S. Cedar St., Ottawa. Scott, Ottawa, said his speech is going to focus on giving people a “blueprint” on how to get where they want in life.

“A lot of people don’t know what to do in life,” Scott, who also does wheelchair ballroom dancing, said. “A lot of people tell you to ‘just do it.’ But most people don’t know how to do it themselves and I have achieved so much — I do know how to get from A to Z.”

After a near-fatal car wreck near his hometown of Pomona, Scott overcame paralysis, obesity and depression to become one of the world’s first wheelchair body builders. Scott does about 30 to 40 speaking events each year, inspiring people with his story.

Tuesday’s speech will focus on leadership and team building skills, and building strength in people’s passions, he said.

“I teach people actually how to find their passions,” Scott said. “Once they find their passions, they’ll be able to be on the path they’re meant to be.”

The free, public event is sponsored in part by the Adawe LifePlan Center and the OU Alumni Association as part of the university’s Tuesday Topic Lecture Series, which focuses on health and wellness.

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