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 …

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Date of birth
21 May 1994
Sport
Para-swimming
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Impairment
How acquired
Birth
Residence
Croydon Hills, VIC
Occupation
Student
Started competing
2005
First competed for Australia
2010
Sport career highlights

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

Greatest sporting moments

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

Heroes/role models

Cadel Evans, Matt Cowdrey

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m freestyle Classification: S6
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m freestyle Classification: S6
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 400m freestyle Classification: S6
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m backstroke Classification: S6
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x100m freestyle relay Classification: S6
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x50m freestyle relay Classification: S6

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