Matthew Cowdrey

Overview

Date of Birth:  22/12/1988

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Commonwealth Games 2014
Silver- 100m Freestyle L

London Paralympic Games 2012
5 x GOLD medals
2 x SILVER medals
1 x BRONZE medals
1 x WORLD RECORD

Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010
1 x GOLD medal
1 x WORLD RECORD

Brazil, IPC World Swimming Championships 2009
7 x GOLD medals
7 x WORLD RECORD
2 x SILVER medals

Beijing Paralympic Games 2008
5 x GOLD medals
5 x WORLD RECORD
3 x SILVER medals

Athens Paralympic Games 2004
3 x GOLD medals
2 x SILVER medals
2 x BRONZE medals

Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006
2 x GOLD medals
2 x WORLD RECORD

South Africa, IPC World Swimming Championships 2006
5 x GOLD medals
3 x WORLD RECORDS
2 x SILVER medals
1 x BRONZE medals

IPC best male athlete of the year 2008
Swimmer of the Year with a Disability 2004, 2005, 2006
Telstra Australian All-Star Swim Team 2006
Outstanding Male Elite Athlete with Disability Award 2006

Matt Cowdrey returned home from the 2012 Paralympics in London as Australia’s greatest ever Paralympian. Matt won a medal in every event in London – five gold, two silver and one bronze – to go with his eight medals from Beijing 2008. This included breaking his own world record in the 50m freestyle. Born with a congenital amputation to his lower left arm, Cowdrey has shown immense strength and courage to succeed and reach incredible heights in the world of swimming. He started swimming at the age of five and was determined to be not just as good, but better than most able-bodied persons. Having set his goals for success, he quickly stamped his mark on his S9 classification, breaking his first Australian open record at age 11 and world record at age 13.

t was at the Paralympics in Beijing 2008 that Matt truly arrived as a dominant force on the world stage, with a staggering haul of five World Records, five Gold medals and three Silver medals. Matt followed this up the following year at the World Championships in Brazil with seven World Records, seven Gold medals and two Silver medals, which demonstrated the true versatility of this athlete, drawing many comparisons to Michael Phelps of America. Matt currently trains in his home town of Adelaide where he also studies Law full time at Adelaide University. Matt is a confident and articulate speaker, lending his time to charities and motivating workplaces and kids with his ‘can do’ attitude.

 

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