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Biography

COWDREY Matthew John

Nationality Australia Flag AUS Australia
Birth Date 22/12/1988
Gender Men
Height (m / in)  
Weight (kg / lbs)  
Events Inscribed   Aquatics Swimming Men's 50m EAD Freestyle
Aquatics Swimming Men's 100m EAD Freestyle
Medals Won GOLD Medal GOLD -  Men's 100m EAD Freestyle
GOLD Medal GOLD -  Men's 50m EAD Freestyle

Date Venue Event Country - Name Results Status
18 Mar
11:24
SAS Men's 50m EAD Freestyle
Heat 01
Australia Flag AUS  - COWDREY Matthew John (1) 26.16 Completed
18 Mar
19:46
SAS Men's 50m EAD Freestyle
Final A
Australia Flag AUS  - COWDREY Matthew John (1) 26.06 Completed
20 Mar
10:37
SAS Men's 100m EAD Freestyle
Heat 03
Australia Flag AUS  - COWDREY Matthew John (1) 57.97 Completed
20 Mar
20:42
SAS Men's 100m EAD Freestyle
Final A
Australia Flag AUS  - COWDREY Matthew John (1) 56.73 Completed

Place Of Birth Australia
Residence Adelaide, South Australia
Coach Peter Bishop
Recent Results Telstra Commonwealth Games Swimming Trials (Melbourne, Australia, Jan-2006)
1st in the 50m Freestyle MD (26.75)
1st in the 50m Freestyle EAD (26.70)
1st in the 100m Freestyle MD (58.98)
1st in the 100m Freestyle EAD (57.93)
1st in the 50m Backstroke MD (30.11)
1st in the 100m Backstroke MD (1:04.41)
1st in the 50m Butterfly MD (28.82)
1st in the 200m IM MD (2:18.40)

Telstra Trials (Sydney, Australia, 2005)
1st in the 50m Freestyle MD (26.49)
1st in the 100m Freestyle MD (58.46)
1st in the 400m Freestyle MD (4:31.76)
1st in the 50m Backstroke MD (31.35)
1st in the 100m Backstroke MD (1:07.09)
3rd in the 100m Breaststroke MD (1:18.25)
1st in the 50m Butterfly MD (29.32)
3rd in the 100m Butterfly MD (1:04.94)
1st in the 200m IM MD (2:22.22)
Commonwealth
Games History
has not competed
Olympic
Games History
Athens 2004 (Paralympics)
Bronze in the 50m Freestyle S9 (26.88)
Gold in the 100m Freestyle S9 (58.15)
Bronze in the 400m Freestyle S9 (4:31.80)
Silver in the 100m Butterfly S9 (1:04.24)
Gold in the 200m IM SM9 (2:21.80)
Silver in the 4x100m Freestyle relay
Other Personal Best:
EAD 50m Freestyle - 26.29 (01-Feb-2006)
EAD 100m Freestyle - 58.78 (03-Feb-2006)

World Ranking:
2nd in the 50m Freestyle S9 (2005-06)
1st in the 100m Freestyle S9 (2005-06)
1st in the 400m Freestyle S9 (2005-05)
3rd in the 100m Backstroke S9 (2005-06)
6th in the 100m Breaststroke S9 (2005-06)
4th in the 100m Butterfly S9 (2005-06)
1st in the 200m IM S9 (2005-06)

Matt had an ideal preparation for the Commonwealth Games when he smashed six world records at the Australian Swimming Trials in January 2006.

He has broken more than 30 world records to become one of the top amputee swimmers in the world.

Disability: congenital amputation of the left arm just below the elbow.

In 2004, he was named the Joint Male Sportsperson of Year at the 11th Annual Stan Wickham Awards for Sportspeople with a Disability.

Matthew's long-term goal is to compete for Australia at the 2008 Paralympics. He also aspires to become a leading spokesperson to promote athletes with a disability in Australia and around the world.

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