Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Double above-knee and fingers limb loss
Sport
Wheelchair Rugby
How acquired
Home-made explosive
Date of Birth
January 8, 1987
Home
Pakenham, VIC
Occupation
Motivational speaker
Started Competing
2012
First Competed for Australia
2014
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Career Highlights

Representing Australia at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest Moment

“The Shot” – Michael Jordan’s series-winning basket in Game 5 of the 1989 Eastern Conference First Round

Bio

Matt Lewis was 24 when a bomb he and his friends had made exploded in his hand. His legs hanging by threads and his fingers torn apart, his friend lost his eyesight and most of his hearing.

After being airlifted to The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Matt was put into an induced coma for just over a month, during which time both his legs were amputated. In the six months after that, he underwent multiple operations, surviving severe fevers and infections, before spending a further eight months in rehabilitation trying to rebuild his life.

A chance encounter with state coach of the Victorian wheelchair rugby team and dual Paralympic silver medallist Bryce Alman encouraged Matt to get involved in wheelchair rugby, a moment he credits with changing his life. Giving him a purpose to keep fit and active, it has also created the opportunity to meet new people and travel the world.

After debuting for the Steelers in 2014, Matt achieved his goal of representing Australia at a Paralympic Games in Rio, proudly a part of the first team in wheelchair rugby history to win consecutive Paralympic gold medals and a World Championship title in a four-year period, defeating the USA 59-58 in a double-overtime thriller.

Off the court, Matt is training as an electrician’s apprentice, and also spends time speaking to teenagers about danger and the consequences of taking risks.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair Rugby Classification: 3.5