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 …Read More