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Matthew Levy

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy, Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7

Further personal information

Residence
Australia
Occupation
Athlete, Bank Employee, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Management - Swinburne University of Technology: Hawthorn, VIC, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
"I started swimming when I was five or six and found it was a great way to get my limbs moving and improve my health."
Why this sport?
"I started swimming for health reasons. I was born early, with cerebral palsy and impaired vision, and my parents thought it might help. It's great for fitness, but it's also been a great way to meet people."
Club / Team
North Sydney: Australia
Name of coach
Stephen Badger [club], AUS
Training Regime
He trains for two hours before and after work

International debut

Year
2003
Competing for
Australia

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Receiving the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in 2014. (mattlevyoam.com.au, 17 May 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (athletesvoice.com.au, 03 Dec 2019; paralympic.org.au, Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe. (paralympic.org.au, Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
“I compete in swimming to show myself that I can achieve whatever I want, not what I am limited by.” (mattlevyoam.com.au, 17 May 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Para Athlete of the Year at the 2014 New South Wales Sport Awards in Australia. (theherald.com.au, 20 Feb 2015)

In 2014 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] for service to sport. (paralympic.org.au, 26 Jan 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (swimming.org.au, 01 Oct 2018)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy and a visual impairment after being born 15 weeks premature. "I've had around 50 odd operations ranging from heart, lungs, ear, brain, you name it. When I was young, doctors told me I'd never walk properly. They told me I'd never hear without hearing aids. There were a lot of things I was told I'd never do. I'm glad I didn't listen." (athletesvoice.com.au, 03 Dec 2019; Westpac Banking YouTube channel, 13 Oct 2019; paralympic.org.au, Sep 2016)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has worked for Australian bank, Westpac, since 2011, and in June 2018 began a new role working as a business implementation manager for the bank. "I have specific hours, and the managers have been very accommodating, treating me as not just someone with an impairment, but someone that can be beneficial to the team. I know when I started they gave me a chance, and I think that is very rare still. Juggling a relatively full-time job is difficult, but I guess rewarding because I know I've got something behind me when my sport finishes so I can easily transition into a life after swimming." (Twitter profile, 17 Mar 2020; Westpac Banking YouTube channel, 13 Oct 2019; dailymail.co.uk, 03 May 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 May 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 5
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 8
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 1 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 2 6
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Heat 2 2
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final Round 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 7
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 4
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 2 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 4
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 1
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 4
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heats 7
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heats 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 7
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heats 3
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 2012-08-31 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final Round 2012-08-31 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 2012-09-01 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 1 2012-09-01 2
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 SM7 Heat 2 2012-09-02 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 2012-09-02 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2012-09-03 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2012-09-03 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2012-09-04 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2012-09-04 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2012-09-06 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2012-09-06 7
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 2012-09-08 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2012-09-08 3
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final 1 2013-08-13 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 1 2013-08-13 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2013-08-14 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2013-08-14 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2013-08-15 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2013-08-16 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2013-08-16 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final 1 2013-08-17 4
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 2013-08-17 3
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2013-08-18 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final 1 2013-08-18 1
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2015-07-13 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2015-07-13 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final 1 2015-07-14 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 1 2015-07-14 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final 1 2015-07-16 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 1 2015-07-16 1
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 2015-07-17 2
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2015-07-17 3
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 2015-07-17 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final 1 2015-07-17 4
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2015-07-18 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2015-07-19 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2015-07-19 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2016-09-09 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2016-09-09 4
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 2016-09-12 3
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final Round 2016-09-12 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 2016-09-13 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 1 2016-09-13 2
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2016-09-14 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2016-09-16 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2016-09-16 4
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2016-09-17 4