Matt Levy OAM

Going for Gold with Matt Levy OAM

Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom:

For this month’s Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom I have the pleasure of introducing Matt Levy OAM.

As a world champion swimmer, he has won a staggering 53 major swimming championship medals from state, national and international events (including Olympic GOLD).

When it comes to performing under pressure, he has most athletes covered!

Matt has also had his fair share of obstacles too – 56 operations to be exact. There hasn’t been a part of his body that hasn’t been poked, prodded or operated on. It goes with the territory of being born 15 weeks premature and having cerebral palsy. Oh and being legally blind too!

Matt has certainly made a splash in the world swimming arena, however, he is also doing great things in his career away from the pool including working at Westpac as a Business Implementation Manager, an Athlete Advisory Member for Commonwealth Games Australia and World Para Swimming, Treasurer for the Australian Swimmers Association and a Committee member for Swimming NSW.

Here are Matt’s Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom for overcoming adversity, rising to the challenge and reaching your full potential.

  1. Be true to yourself  – Know your values and always strive for what you truly believe to be right
  2. Always look at an obstacle as an opportunity to grow – Re-frame your problems to see the positive side of any situation
  3. You are always better than you think you are – Don’t let negative self beliefs ruin your chances of a great result
  4. If you want something bad enough, you can do it, if you believe – A positive mindset can make your dreams a reality
  5. Be better than you were yesterday and you are winning – Make the priority of each day to keep winning!

Honestly, we can’t thank Matt enough for taking the time out to contribute to this episode!

Matt is also available for motivational speaking – if you would like to know more or connect with Matt use the following links:

To check out other great examples of the skills sports teach us that we take into other areas of life check out inspiresport’s article here: