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. …

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Date of birth
11 January 1987
Past Paralympic Games

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012

How acquired
Premature birth at 25 weeks
Northbridge, NSW
Westpac bank administration officer
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning gold in the 4x100m freestyle at Beijing 2008

Heroes/role models

His parents


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

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