Matt Levy

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Matt Levy
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2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Levy
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Born 11 January 1987 (1987-01-11) (age 27)

Matt Levy, OAM (born 11 January 1987) is an Australian Paralympic swimmer.

Personal[edit]

Matthew John Levy has cerebral palsy and a vision impairment due to being born 15 weeks premature.[1][2] He attended St Andrew's Cathedral School in Sydney.[3] He works at St.George Bank and lives in Sydney.[1]

Competitive career[edit]

Levy first competed for Australia in 2003; that year, he broke the 200 m freestyle short course world record.[1] He competed but did not win any medals at the 2004 Athens Games.[4] He competed at the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships and won four silver and four bronze medals at the 2007 Telstra Short Course Championships.[1] At the 2008 Beijing Games, he won a gold medal in the Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts event.[4] At the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships, he won a gold medal in the men's 4x100 m freestyle relay event, two silver medals in the 100 m breaststroke and 100 m freestyle events, and two bronze medals in the 50 m butterfly and 200 m individual medley events. Levy is classified as an S8 swimmer and he trains at the Australian Institute of Sport.[5]

At the 2012 London Paralympics he won five medals: a gold medal in the Men's 4 x 100 m Freestyle Relay 34 Points, a silver medal in the Men's 100 m Freestyle S7, and three bronze medals in the Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7, Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 and Men's 4 x 100 m Medley Relay 34 Points.[6] He also participated in the Men's 400 m Freestyle S7, Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 and Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 events.[6]

Competing at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, he won two gold medals in the Men's 200 m Individual Medley S7 and Men's 4x100 m Freestyle Relay (34 points) and a silver medal in the Men's 100 m Freestyle S7.[7][8]

He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2014 Australia Day Honours "for service to sport as a Gold Medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games."[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Matt Levy". Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Australia Day honours list 2014: in full". Daily Telegraph. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Bannister, Laura (7 September 2009). "Water Boys: St Andrew's Victories Make a Splash". St Andrew's Cathedral School. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Wake 2010, p. 4
  6. ^ a b Matthew Levy's profile on paralympic.org. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Men's relay team back it up in Montreal". Swimming Australia News. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Twenty-seven medals for the Australian swim team in Montreal". Swimming Australia News. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 

References[edit]

  • Wake, Rebekka (September 2010). "Golden Glow Over Australian Swimming". Australian Paralympian (Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee) 2.