Congratulations to Matthew Levy OAM on taking out the 2021 NSWIS Awards Academic Excellence Award!

Posted on November 25, 2021 by

Successfully balancing full-time work, training commitments and his MBA studies, Matthew Levy claimed gold and bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.  

“I am privileged to be awarded the Academic Award of 2021” Matt said, “It’s been a trying and testing year for all of us with COVID and all the disruptions we have had in the lead up to the Paralympic and Olympic Games”.  

“I’ve been able to complete an MBA and release a book late last year. It’s been a really full-on year and I am really humbled to win this award and honoured to be among such great company tonight” the academic said in his acceptance speech. 

Accepting the award on his behalf was Kate McLoughin, Chef de Mission of the Australian Paralympic team, who Matt thanked and acknowledged in his acceptance video. The five-time Paralympic swimmer was unable to attend due to prior commitments, unsurprisingly a busy man balancing full-time work alongside his career as a competitive athlete. 

Impressively, Matt channelled his efforts into his studies during lock-down, switching to a full-time study load and fast tracking his MBA in Leadership and Innovation, whilst also publishing a book ‘Keeping Your Head Above Water: Insights from a Champion’. 

His academic excellence exceeded only by his performances on the world stage at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, where Matt won gold in the men’s 4x100m Freestyle 34 points, set a new world record time and claimed a bronze in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB6.  

Matt’s award was presented by Minister for Sport, The Hon. Natalie Ward who congratulated him on such an incredible 12 months of personal excellence, 

“Matthew has shown he can achieve anything he sets his mind to and has made all Australians proud with his outstanding accomplishments,” Mrs Ward said. 

Congratulations Matt! 

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