Matt Cowdrey was back in Adelaide recently after returning from competing at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. He won the S9 50m freestyle on Wednesday, October 6, and one of the first things he did after winning gold, was to text his younger sister who has recently starting training with the RAAF in Wagga, NSW. Matt is originally from Adelaide and his parents still live here, but he has moved to Canberra to train with the Australian Institute of Sport.
Matt was born with a congenital amputation of his left arm just below the elbow. He has been swimming since he was very young, beginning lessons at just 5 years old. At 18, Matt had broken more than 46 world records and become one of the top amputee swimmers in the world. He is now 21, and has broken 127 Australian records and 180 Australian age records.
During his recent trip home, he enjoyed a game of golf and was fitted for a new wool suit from Tailors of Distinction. We snapped these photos of Matt being fitted, and we think he looks quite the part of a South Aussie sporting champion.
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