Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Cerebral palsy and vision impairment
How acquired
Premature birth at 25 weeks
Date of Birth
January 11, 1987
Northbridge, NSW
Westpac bank administration officer
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012


His parents

Career Highlights

Winning gold in the 4x100m freestyle at Beijing 2008


If there’s one thing Matt Levy hates, it’s losing. Such determination has taken Matt far in life and will take him further as he aims high in his swimming career.

Born at just 25 weeks, 15 weeks premature, Matt has survived 46 operations to get him where he is today.

One of his first great sporting moments was breaking the world record in the 200m freestyle short course in 2003. Matt went on to compete at the Athens 2004 Paralympics, the 2006 IPC World Swimming Championships and the 2007 Telstra Short Course Championships in Melbourne, where he won four silver and four bronze medals.

At the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, Matt won a gold medal as part of the 4x100m medley relay and as it was his second Games, was able to relax more and enjoy the competition and village atmosphere.

In the years since Beijing, he continued to get faster. At the 2010 IPC World Championships, he won silver in the 100m breaststroke and 100m freestyle and bronze in the 50m butterfly and 200m individual medley.

Then in London, at his third Paralympic Games, Matt brought home his best medal haul yet with relay gold, 100m freestyle silver and three bronze medals in the 200m individual medley, the 100m breaststroke and the 4x100m medley relay.

At the 2013 and 2015 IPC World Swimming Championships, Matt continued his dominant form. In 2013 he picked up gold in the 200m individual medley and the 4x100m medley relay and a silver in the 100m freestyle. Two years later he took silver in the 200m individual medley and bronze in the 50m freestyle and the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Matt admires Ian Thorpe and uses him as inspiration to achieve personal bests each time he races. In his spare time he enjoys sports trivia, cooking, eating, sleeping and watching movies – typical of many young men his age – and believes his parents have been the most influential people in his life.


Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m freestyle Classification: S7
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m freestyle relay Classification: S7
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m medley relay Classification: S7
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 200m individual medley Classification: SM7
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 50m butterfly Classification: S7
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 50m freestyle Classification: S7