Despite only having burst onto the scene shortly prior to London, Matt Haanappel proved he had his sights set for the top of Paralympic sport when at his first Paralympic Games, he achieved his dream of winning gold as part of the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team. And if gold wasn’t enough, the then 18-year-old helped the medley relay team to a bronze medal to finish his debut Games campaign. While he didn’t win an individual medal in London, Matt performed strongly in the 100m freestyle and backstroke, finishing fifth in both races, finished sixth in the 50m freestyle and seventh in the 200m individual medley. With promising performances in the lead up to the Games, including three gold medals, two silver and three bronze medals at the 2011 National Underage Championships and silver in the 50m butterfly at the 2010 German Nationals, and a bronze medal at the 2013… Read More

Quick Facts

How acquired
Birth
Disability
Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
Sport
Swimming
Date of Birth
May 21, 1994
Home
Croydon Hills, VIC
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2005
First Competed for Australia
2010
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

Cadel Evans, Matt Cowdrey

Career Highlights

Winning gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay and bronze in the 4x100m medley relay at London 2012

Greatest Moment

Geoff Huegill’s comeback to win gold at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 50m freestyle Classification: S6
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m freestyle Classification: S6
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 400m freestyle Classification: S6
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m backstroke Classification: S6
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m freestyle relay Classification: S6
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x50m freestyle relay Classification: S6