Tim Matthews (athlete)

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Tim Matthews
Tim Matthews finishing his race at the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games.jpg
Tim Matthews finishing his race at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics
Personal information
Full name Timothy Shaun Matthews
Nationality  Australia
Born 29 October 1974
Orbost, Victoria
Matthews during the 4 x 400 m T46 relay at the 2000 Summer Paralympics. He and his teammates (Stephen Wilson, Neil Fuller and Heath Francis) won gold in this event.

Timothy "Tim" Shaun Matthews, OAM[1] (born 29 October 1974)[2] is an Australian Paralympic athlete. He was born in the Victorian town of Orbost with exomphalos, a condition in which the abdomen develops outside the body; in his case, the condition affected other organs, including his liver.[3] he was also born without a left arm and with some webbed fingers.[3] He spent much of his early life at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital because the membrane protecting his exposed organs ruptured when he was two days old.[3]

At the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics, he won a gold medal in the Men's 4x100 m Relay T42-46 event,[4] for which he received a Medal of the Order of Australia.[1] At the 2000 Sydney Games, he won gold medals and broke world records in the men's 4x100 m relay T46 and men's 4x400 m relay T46 events and bronze medals in the men's 100 m T46 and men's 200 m T46 events.[4][5] That year, he received an Australian Sports Medal.[6] At the 2004 Athens Games, he came seventh in the first heat of the Men's 100 m T46 - event and did not make the final.[7]

Since 2008, Matthews has been the Australian Paralympic Committee's Manager for Pathways and Development.[8][9][10][11] As part of this role, he manages the APC's Paralympic Talent Search program in Victoria and Tasmania.[12]

He coaches 2012 Paralympians Kelly Cartwright, Katy Parrish and Jack Swift,[13][14] and is former coach of Paralympian Michelle Errichiello.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Matthews, Timothy Shaun, OAM". It's an Honour. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Australians at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics: Athletes". Australian Sports Commission. Archived from the original on 20 January 2000. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Limbs 4 Life co-patron Tim Matthews – Unleashed!" (PDF). Limbs 4 Life. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Results for Tim Matthews from the International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Australian Honour Roll". Australian Paralympic Committee Annual Report 2010. Australian Paralympic Committee: 10. 2010. 
  6. ^ "Matthews, Tim: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Men's 100 m T46 - Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "APC Staff" (PDF). Australian Paralympic Committee Annual Report (2008/2009 ed.): 7. 2009. 
  9. ^ "APC Staff" (PDF). Australian Paralympic Committee Annual Report (2009/2010 ed.): 6. 2010. 
  10. ^ "APC Staff" (PDF). Australian Paralympic Committee Annual Report (2010/2011 ed.): 7. 2011. 
  11. ^ "APC Staff" (PDF). Australian Paralympic Committee Annual Report (2011/2012 ed.): 7. 2012. 
  12. ^ "Paralympic Talent Search". Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Team Cartwright". Kelly Cartwright. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "London calling for a determined Parrish". Athletics Australia. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Errichiello chases London golden goal". The Canberra Times. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2013.