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WYLIE Matthew
Sport Para swimming
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age22
Place of BirthSunderland, ENG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9
Further Personal Information
Residence
Washington, ENG
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age eight.
Why this sport?
Following the removal of a tumour from his leg, doctors strongly recommended he take lessons as part of his rehabilitation. It was hoped swimming regularly would help correct his different leg lengths and the way he walked.
Club / Team
City of Sunderland ASC: England
Name of coach
Danny Thompson [club], GBR; Rob Aubry [national]
General Interest
Nicknames
Matt (sunderlandecho.com, 10 Apr 2014)
Injuries
He required a number of operations between 2004 and 2007 after a tumour was discovered on his leg. (thefreelibrary.com, 16 Dec 2010)
Awards and honours
He was named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2017 New Year's Honours list. (bbc.com, 31 Dec 2016)

He received the Andy Neal Award at the 2016 Sunderland Young Achievers Awards in England. The honour is given to the overall winner at the event. (sunderlandecho.com, 12 Mar 2016)

He received the 2015 Paralympian of the Year award from the Sunderland Sports Fund. (sunderlandecho.com, 12 Mar 2016)

He was named Para Athlete of the Year at the 2015 Sunderland Sports Awards. (cityofsunderlandasc.co.uk, 04 Jun 2015)

He was named Male Personality of the Year at the 2015 North East Disability Sports Awards in England. (itv.com, 18 Feb 2015)

He was named Young Male Achiever of the Year at the 2011 North East Disability Sports Awards. (countydurhamsport.com, 22 Feb 2012)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy. (letsgosunderland.com, 08 Mar 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2016 100m Freestyle S9 59.32
1 2016 50m Freestyle S9 25.95 
4 2016 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 3:51.54
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2014 50m Freestyle S9 27.24
4 2014 400m Freestyle S9 4:32.79
Heat 2014 100m Freestyle S9 59.58
1 2016 50m Freestyle S9 25.85
3 2016 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 3:53.47
10 2016 100m Freestyle S9 59.39