Jonathan Paterson

Sport: Football

Jonathan Paterson A local lad from Motherwell, Jonathan has an amazing journey and story to tell about how he got to the top in his chosen sport. 

He was born with cerebral palsy (CP) and his parents were advised that he may never walk or talk due to this condition.

Fast forward 29 years to 2017 and his induction into the North Lanarkshire Sports Hall of Fame. Jonathan is a three-time Paralympian, having represented his country in football in 2008 in Beijing, the London 2012 Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics. He was team captain for two Games. He has also represented Scotland in CP World Cups and was the top goal scorer in the Intercontinental Championships in 2013. 

He played a major part in Scotland gaining Silver in Denmark in 2016, qualifying once again for the World Championships in Argentina in 2017.

Jonathan has been the captain of the Scotland team for seven years and has accomplished an accolade of more than 80 caps and more than 50 goals. He was voted as one of the most influential people in North Lanarkshire in a poll carried out by local newspaper the Motherwell Times in 2012.

Aside from his prestigious sporting achievements, he manages to work full time and - as well as training in his spare time - he also manages to find time to coach children's football as a qualified SFA coach. 

As a member of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, he regularly shares his experiences through motivational talks to local schools, clubs and groups, in particular to encourage and inspire young people into sport and Scottish Disability Sport. He wants young people to reach for and realise their goals, whatever they may be, as he has done in the face of some major life challenges.