Like fine wine, 33-year-old Matthew Levy is better with age.

Born 15 weeks prematurely, with cerebral palsy and a vision impairment, Matthew has survived 50-plus operations – brain, heart, lungs, ears … you name it – to become the international swim star he is today.

As is the case for the vast majority of Paralympic swimmers, Matthew found the pool as part of his rehabilitation – to keep his body moving. But it was in 2000, when he realised he could be competitive, that the next 20 years of his life began to take shape.

Matthew made his Paralympic debut in 2004 and won his first medal – gold in the men’s 4x100m medley 34 Points – in 2008. A five-strong haul at the 2010 International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships preceded his most successful Games campaign to date, with Matthew returning home from England’s London Aquatics Centre in 2012 …

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Date of birth
11 January 1987
Past Paralympic Games

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Premature birth
Northbridge, NSW
Business implementation manager
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a gold medal in the men’s 4x100m freestyle 34 Points at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

His parents

Favourite quote
Never give up


  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m breaststroke Classification: SB6
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m freestyle Classification: S7
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 200m individual medley Classification: SM7
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 400m freestyle Classification: S7
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x100m freestyle Classification: S7
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x100m medley Classification: S7

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