When Matt Lewis decided to make a bomb out of a small barbecue gas bottle, he never expected the events of that night to unfold the way they did.

The bomb, which was chock-full of explosive chemicals, detonated sooner than Matt expected, and threw him nearly two metres into the air.

He was airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where he was placed in an induced coma for just over a month, and woke to discover both his legs had been amputated, some of his fingers had been replaced with his toes, and his hearing was impaired.

Over the following six months, Matt survived severe fevers, infections, and multiple operations.

After eight months in rehabilitation trying to rebuild his life, a chance encounter with Paralympic medallist Bryce Alman saw Matt set to work to become the superstar athlete he is today.

He made his international debut for the Australian wheelchair …

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Date of birth
8 January 1987
Wheelchair rugby
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Double above-knee and fingers limb loss
How acquired
Homemade bomb explosion
Pakenham, VIC
Motivational speaker
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Greatest sporting moments

‘The Shot’ - Michael Jordan’s winning basket in Game 5 of the 1989 Eastern Conference First Round


  • Sport: Wheelchair rugby Classification: 3.5

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