It didn’t take long for 36-year-old Matt Formston to make a name for himself in Australian Para-cycling, and since making his debut for Australia in 2011, he 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 causes 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 when he was four and also grew up playing able-bodied ice hockey and rugby union at a representative level.

Although he had always enjoyed cycling, he fell in love with the sport when he rode from Sydney to Melbourne for the Macular Degeneration Foundation in 2009.

Living in Sydney …

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Date of birth
21 July 1978
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Vision Impairment – Macular dystrophy
How acquired
Wamberal, NSW
Account executive at Optus and motivational speaker
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Breaking the world record and winning the world championship title in the tandem B pursuit at the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico

Heroes/role models

Kelly Slater


  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: 1km time trial Classification: B2
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Individual pursuit Classification: B2
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Road race Classification: B2
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Road time trial Classification: B2

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