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.… Read More

Quick Facts

Disability
Vision Impairment and Physical Impairment – Cerebral palsy
Sport
Para-swimming
How acquired
Premature birth at 25 weeks
Date of Birth
January 11, 1987
Home
Northbridge, NSW
Occupation
Westpac bank administration officer
Started Competing
2000
First Competed for Australia
2003
Games Experience

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012

Heroes

His parents

Career Highlights

Winning gold in the 4x100m freestyle at Beijing 2008

Sports & Disciplines

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