Scott Tobin has been a Special Olympics athlete in the Spokane area for over 20 years. He has been training in track and field his entire life, and earned a spot to compete at the 2010 USA Games in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 2018, eager to try a new sport, he helped lead the inaugural season of standup paddle boarding. He took gold in the state’s first competition, giving him a chance to compete in the 2018 USA Games in Seattle.
Scott’s most memorable Special Olympics moment was at the 2010 USA Games. He was running as the anchor for the 4×100 relay. His team was in sixth place when he received the baton, but thanks to Scott’s determination and training, he propelled his team to a second-place finish. Because of this outstanding performance, Scott’s team gave him the nickname, “Lightning Tobin.”