Matt Formston is a world champion Para-cyclist and adaptive surfer, and was one of the Australian Paralympic Team’s top gold medal contenders ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

For those who saw Matt compete at an international level for the first time in 2011, this came as no surprise. Between 2011 and 2016, he won 10 national titles and two World Championships medals in Para-cycling, and was also a world record holder in the men’s 4000m individual pursuit for riders with a vision impairment.

Although Matt and his sighted pilot Nick Yallouris missed the podium in Rio, they achieved two top 10 placings – fifth in the men’s 4000m individual pursuit B and sixth in the men’s 1000m time trial B.

Matt announced his retirement from Para-cycling shortly after the Games, and his unbelievable success in the velodrome is now being followed an equally impressive career as an elite …

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Date of birth
21 July 1978
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Vision Impairment – Macular dystrophy
How acquired
Wamberal, NSW
Head of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility for Optus Business
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a gold medal and setting a new world record in the men's 4000m individual pursuit B at the 2014 Union Cycliste Internationale Para-cycling Track World Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico

Heroes/role models

Kelly Slater


  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: 1000m time trial Classification: B2
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: 4000m individual pursuit Classification: B2
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Road race Classification: B2
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Time trial Classification: B2

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