“Matt’s success at the Paralympics is an inspiration to all Australians - his resilience, dedication and attitude make him a wonderful ambassador for the state. I hope it inspires more emerging athletes to follow their dreams and fulfil their potential, regardless of their ability or disability” - Premier Jay Weatherill
The SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre is honoured to have its main competition pool named the Matt Cowdrey Competition Pool. Matt is a 13 time Paralympic Gold Medal swimmer. Matt has been recognised on a number of different levels, being named the ‘Young Paralympian of the Year’ in 2004, and in 2006, he won the Commonwealth Sports Award in the category of male Elite Athlete with a Disability (EAD). Continuing his success, Swimming Australia named him their ‘Swimmer of the Year with a Disability’ for four years in a row, from 2004 to 2007 and in 2009 he was named ‘Young South Australian of the Year’. In 2011, Matt was inducted into the Australian Institute of Sport's "Best of the Best", joining the likes of Michael Klim and Petria Thomas. On the 26th of January 2005, Matt was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to sport as a Gold Medalist at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.
Matt has already achieved a lot and has a bright and promising future ahead of him. The SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre is proud to be the home of the Matt Cowdrey Competition Swimming Pool and look forward to watching Matt’s success continue to grow.