Quick Facts

How acquired
Vision Impairment – Macular dystrophy
Date of Birth
July 21, 1978
Wamberal, NSW
Account executive at Optus and motivational speaker
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

Kelly Slater

Career Highlights

Breaking the world record and winning the world championship at the 2014 UCI World Championships in Mexico


36-year-old Matt Formston has quickly made a name for himself in Australian Para-cycling, and since making his debut for Australia in 2011, has won ten national titles and is a world champion, world record holder and world cup gold medallist across three disciplines.

Born with macular dystrophy, a genetic eye disorder that can cause progressive vision loss, Matt has been legally blind since the age of five. Despite now having no central vision and less than five per cent of his peripheral vision, it has never stopped him from participating in sport.

Matt learned to ride a bike at the age of four when his vision had already stated to deteriorate and also grew up playing able-bodied ice hockey and rugby union, both of which he went on to play at a representative level.

While cycling was something he had always enjoyed, his real love for the sport came while riding from Sydney to Melbourne on a single bike for the Macular Degeneration Foundation in 2009 at the age of 31. Since then he has focussed his efforts on mastering the art of riding on the back of a tandem bike.

Living in Sydney at the time, Matt was introduced to competitive Para-cycling through bike shop Clarence Street Cycling. It was the owners of the store who referred Matt to the National Para-cycling Development Coordinator, Tom Skulander who then became his coach.

With Tom’s coaching, Matt made his international debut that very same year at the UCI Road World Championships in Rosklide, Denmark where, with pilot Phillip Thuauxx.

Matt is renowned for their strict training schedules, and trains at least 13 days per fortnight, and knows it is this combined with his drive and ambition which will get them to Rio.

Off the bike, Matt has a passion for surfing and can often be found at his local break in Wamberal. As a surfing fan, he looks up to Kelly Slater, admiring what he has done for surfing and how he continually pushes the boundaries of his sport to better himself. Matt also scuba dives and has a knack for photography, and pairs them together to become an amateur underwater photographer.

Matt has a son who will be just 2-years-old when Rio comes around, and in ten years time he hopes to be travelling around Australia with his wife and his family.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: 1km time trial Classification: B2
  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Individual pursuit Classification: B2
  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Road race Classification: B2
  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Road time trial Classification: B2