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Matthew Haanappel

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB7, SM7

Further personal information

Residence
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Coordinator, Public Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
Business, Sport Management - University of Canberra [AUS] / Deakin University [AUS}

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 11 at the Lilydale Swimming Club in Kilsyth, VIC, Australia.
Why this sport?
He initially began swimming for fitness and enjoyment.
Club / Team
Camberwell Grammar Aquatic: Melbourne, VIC, AUS

International debut

Year
2010
Competing for
Australia
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Nicknames
Matt, Monty [when training one time in cold weather in Colorado, United States of America, he says he tensed up and looked like Simpsons' character Monty Burns], Pineapple [because of the similarity to his last name]. (Twitter profile, 12 Jun 2018; Athlete, 30 Aug 2012)
Hobbies
Travel, social events, golf. (results.gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018; vis.org.au, 01 Jan 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay and bronze in the 4x100m medley relay at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org.au, 2015)
Most influential person in career
His family, his friends, his teammates and his school teacher Terry Bennett. (education.vic.gov.au, 14 Feb 2019; Athlete, 30 Aug 2012)
Hero / Idol
Australian road cyclist Cadel Evans, US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 30 Aug 2012; swimming.org.au, 18 Jun 2014)
Injuries
He underwent shoulder surgery in September 2014, which ruled him out of the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (paralympic.org.au, 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver because we are competing, we are competing to win." [Ayrton Senna] (Athlete, 30 Aug 2012)
Awards and honours
He was presented with the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in 2014. (Facebook page, 18 May 2015)

He received the Rent the Roo Sports Award at the 2013 Victorian Young Achiever Awards in Australia. (renttheroo.com.au, 06 May 2013)
Famous relatives
His first cousin is 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans. (ssv.vic.edu.au, 02 Aug 2016; Athlete, 29 Apr 2011)
Impairment
He was born with cerebral palsy as the result of perinatal stroke during the 20th week of pregnancy. (paralympic.org.au, 2015)
Other information
EARLY DAYS
He completed the majority of his primary school education in Port Vila, Vanuatu. His father worked for the ANZ bank and was relocated there. (Athlete, 30 Aug 2012)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as an ambassador for the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre in Glen Waverley, VIC, Australia. (Twitter profile, 23 Aug 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S6 Final Round 2012-08-30 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S6 Heat 1 2012-08-30 3
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 2 2012-09-02 3
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2012-09-02 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heat 2 2012-09-03 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Final Round 2012-09-03 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 2012-09-04 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2012-09-04 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heat 2 2012-09-07 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2012-09-08 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 2012-09-08 5
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2012-09-08 3
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 2012-09-08 1
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final 1 2013-08-13 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2013-08-14 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2013-08-14 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Final 1 2013-08-15 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heat 2 2013-08-15 7
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Final 1 2013-08-17 8
Men's 100 m Backstroke S6 Final 1 2013-08-17 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2013-08-18 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2013-08-18 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S6 Heat 1 2016-09-08 5
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 2 2016-09-09 4
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final Round 2016-09-09 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 2016-09-10 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 3 2016-09-10 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 2016-09-13 6
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2016-09-13 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 2016-09-17 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 3 2016-09-17 4