Unable to finish a 100m race at a school swimming carnival was the driving force behind Matt learning to swim and leading to his love of swimming.
Matt swam his first ever swim meet at age of 9 and by the time he turned 14, he was representing Australia at the Junior Olympic Cup in Tokyo. It was at this meet where Matt won 5 Gold Medals and broke 2 Australian Age Records in breaststroke events, records that had stood for over 20 years.
Following on from this, Matt won a silver medal at the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships and went on to win his first Senior Australian Title in a short course pool in 2015.
2016 saw Matt narrowly miss the Rio Olympics but determined to put the disappointment behind him, he dug in deep and gained selection onto the 2017 World Championship Team in Budapest making a final in his favoured 200 Breaststroke. Finishing school in 2016 meant the end of 1000km per week travel to and from the Blue Mountains for training at Olympic Park which definitely helped make things easier.
Matt is currently studying at the Fitness Institute of Australia and combining his education with training towards his goals of competing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on home soil and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.