Australia’s most successful Paralympic athlete Matthew Cowdrey today announced his retirement after an incredible swimming career.
Having achieved just about everything possible in his field, Cowdrey will now shift his sights to establishing a career outside of the pool.
Despite being born with a congenital amputation to his lower left arm, the young South Australia did not let this hold him back as he broke his first ever world record at just 13 years of age.
This would be the start of his memorable career that included 23 Paralympic medals, 13 of which were gold.
Cowdrey also dominated at World Championship level accumulating 16 gold medals along with five silver and bronze medals.
A true champion, Cowdrey’s legacy will live on in swimming for a while yet with his five world records, five Paralympic records and nine short course world records an ominous challenge for those to follow in his footsteps.
Written by: Joe Schwab @Meadowswidget