Matthew Cowdrey

Olympian

Stats

Date of Birth

22/12/1988

Career Highlights and Awards

Commonwealth Games 2014

  • Silver – 100m Freestyle

London Paralympic Games 2012

  • 5 x GOLD medals
  • 2 x SILVER medals
  • 1 x BRONZE medals
  • 1 x WORLD RECORD

Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010

  • 1 x GOLD medal
  • 1 x WORLD RECORD

Brazil, IPC World Swimming Championships 2009

  • 7 x GOLD medals
  • 7 x WORLD RECORD
  • 2 x SILVER medals

Beijing Paralympic Games 2008

  • 5 x GOLD medals
  • 5 x WORLD RECORD
  • 3 x SILVER medals

Athens Paralympic Games 2004

  • 3 x GOLD medals
  • 2 x SILVER medals
  • 2 x BRONZE medals

Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006

  • 2 x GOLD medals
  • 2 x WORLD RECORD

South Africa, IPC World Swimming Championships 2006

  • 5 x GOLD medals
  • 3 x WORLD RECORDS
  • 2 x SILVER medals
  • 1 x BRONZE medals

 

  • IPC best male athlete of the year 2008
  • Swimmer of the Year with a Disability 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Telstra Australian All-Star Swim Team 2006
  • Outstanding Male Elite Athlete with Disability Award 2006

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Matthew is Australia’s most successful Paralympian, winning a staggering 23 medals across three Paralympic games. Since the beginning of his career, Matthew has dominated the pool in the S9 classification for 50m and 100m freestyle.

Born with a congenital amputation to his lower left arm, Matthew began swimming at the age of 5 and was set to become one of the greatest success stories of his time. By the age of 11, Matthew had broken his first Australian open record and world record by age 13. Throughout his junior years, Cowdrey dominated the pool before embarking on his senior professional career. In 2000, Matthew was award the IPC Best Male Athlete of the Year. Furthermore, he has been crowned Swimmer of The Year with a Disability three years in a row from 2004-2006.

It was the 2008 Beijing Paralympics that Matt was first seen by the world as he collected a staggering five gold medals and three silver medals. Furthermore, Matthew broke 5 world records in his 2008 appearance alone. Matt followed this up the following year at the World Championships in Brazil as he broke seven world records whilst winning seven gold medals and two silver medals. The true versatility of this athlete was displayed, many drawing comparisons of his performance with that of Michael Phelps of America.

Matt Cowdrey continued his stellar form into the 2012 Paralympics in London, clearly identifying himself as Australia’s greatest ever Paralympian. Matt won a medal in every event in London – five gold, two silver and one bronze. This included breaking his own world record in the 50m freestyle. Matt is a confident and articulate speaker, lending his time to charities and motivating workplaces and kids with his remarkable attitude.

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