Commonwealth Games 2014
London Paralympic Games 2012
Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010
Brazil, IPC World Swimming Championships 2009
Beijing Paralympic Games 2008
Athens Paralympic Games 2004
Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006
South Africa, IPC World Swimming Championships 2006
Matt Cowdrey returned home from the 2012 Paralympics in London as Australia’s greatest ever Paralympian. Matt won a medal in every event in London – five gold, two silver and one bronze – to go with his eight medals from Beijing 2008. This included breaking his own world record in the 50m freestyle. Born with a congenital amputation to his lower left arm, Cowdrey has shown immense strength and courage to succeed and reach incredible heights in the world of swimming. He started swimming at the age of five and was determined to be not just as good, but better than most able-bodied persons. Having set his goals for success, he quickly stamped his mark on his S9 classification, breaking his first Australian open record at age 11 and world record at age 13.
It was at the Paralympics in Beijing 2008 that Matt truly arrived as a dominant force on the world stage, with a staggering haul of five World Records, five Gold medals and three Silver medals. Matt followed this up the following year at the World Championships in Brazil with seven World Records, seven Gold medals and two Silver medals, which demonstrated the true versatility of this athlete, drawing many comparisons to Michael Phelps of America. Matt is a confident and articulate speaker, lending his time to charities and motivating workplaces and kids with his ‘can do’ attitude.