After becoming a paraplegic in a snowboarding accident at 23, Matthew Bugg decided to try to reach the pinnacle of Para-sailing in Australia and internationally.

Based at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Matthew made his international debut at the 2010 IFDS World Disabled Sailing Championships in Medemblik, the Netherlands.

His breakthrough performance came the following year, defeating 15 boats including three former champions and two Paralympians to win National Championships gold.

Matthew placed 15th at the 2011 IFDS World Disabled Sailing Championships in Weymouth, England and 11th at the same event in 2012. By that time he was ranked fifth in the world and prepared to take on the world’s best at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Placing seventh in London in the 1-person keelboat, Matthew began working towards a podium finish at Rio 2016.

At the 2014 IFDS World Disabled Sailing Championships in Halifax, Canada, he was a …

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Date of birth
25 February 1981
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
How acquired
Snowboarding accident
Lindisfarne, TAS
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Qualifying for the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Kelly Slater, Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page


  • Sport: Para-sailing Discipline: 1-person keelboat (2.4mR) Classification: MD

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