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Matthew Ward

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Classification
SB9

Further personal information

Residence
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Coach, Student, Teacher
Languages
English
Higher education
Computer Science - Swinburne University of Technology: Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age 12.
Why this sport?
"There weren't many sports or activities I was able to do on a regular basis as I had trouble running, jumping and even standing for extended periods of time. Outside of the pool I still have pain and trouble walking, and I'm still kept awake some nights, but in the pool I can push past all that."
Club / Team
Melbourne Vicentre: Australia
Name of coach
Brad Harris [club]; Brendan Burkett [national], AUS

General interest

Nicknames
Matt Matt, Fish (vis.org.au, Jun 2017)
Hobbies
Computer programming, writing, composing music. (vis.org.au, Jun 2017)
Hero / Idol
His father, and Australian Para swimmer Matthew Cowdrey. (vis.org.au, Jun 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, then the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world." [British novelist CS Lewis] (vis.org.au, Jun 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he received Keith Irvine Student Achievement Award in Australia. (Swinburne University of Technology Donor Impact Report, 2017)
Impairment
He has hip dysplasia in both hip joints, with his left hip completely dislocated. (bordermail.com.au, 01 May 2017)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has worked as a swimming instructor and as a piano teacher. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Mar 2018)