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Matthew Lack



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries

Further personal information

Opotiki, NZL
Higher education
Opotiki College: New Zealand

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first considered taking up the sport at age eight after attending the Eve Rimmer Games in Whakatane, New Zealand.
Why this sport?
He got a taste for athletics when one of the competitors at the Eve Rimmer Games let him sit in their chair. Once he began racing, he found he enjoyed the speed and fun of the sport.
Name of coach
Blanche Herbert
Coach from what year?

General interest

Most influential person in career
His parents. (, 16 Sep 2010)
He has had approximately 40 operations, which have interrupted his training for six weeks at a time. (, 25 Oct 2007)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Stick with it. Just don't quit." (, 16 Sep 2010)
Other information
He was born with spina bifida, which affected his lower limbs. (, 27 Apr 2011)


Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T54 Heat 3 2011-01-22 1
Men's 800 m T54 Final 2011-01-23 8
Men's 1500 m T53/54 Heat 1 2011-01-25 6
Men's 400 m T54 Heat 1 2011-01-27 5