Paralympic Swimming Champion
The Foundation is delighted and very honoured to announce its newest Ambassador Matt Levy.
Matt is one of Australia’s national treasures. Born at just 25 weeks, 15 weeks premature, he is 26yrs old has Cerebral Palsy and is legally blind. He has also survived 46 operations to get him to where he is today. If there’s one thing Matt Levy hates, it’s losing. Such determination has taken Matt far in life and will take him further as he aims high in his swimming career.
One of his first great sporting moments was breaking the world record in the 200m freestyle short course in 2003. Since then, Matt has competed at the 2004 & 2008 Paralympics, 2006 IPC World Swimming Championships, 2007 Telstra Short Course Championships and 2010 IPC World Championships. In the 2012 London Paralympics, Matt brought home his best medal haul to date with relay gold, 100m freestyle silver and three bronze medals in the 200m individual medley, the 100m breaststroke and the 4x100m medley relay.
He admires Ian Thorpe and uses him as inspiration to achieve personal bests each time he races. He believes his parents have been the most influential people in his life. Matt believes there is no greater honour than representing Australia and is hoping to continue his swimming career. He currently works for Westpac Bank as a Change Analyst.
Mat is very honoured to be an Ambassador for the Foundation and is passionate about raising awareness of premature births in Australia.
Parool Shah, Co Founder of the Foundation says “We are honoured and privileged to have Matt as an ambassador and to help us spread the word. Matt is a a true Aussie battler who has overcome much in life and provided hope and inspiration to many.
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Posted: March 2013
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