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Matthew TEMPLE
Sport Swimming
NOC Australia   
Born20 Jun 1999
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Nunawading, VIC, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
His earliest memory of learning to swim is from when he used to go on riverside camping outings with his family and friends. He later began swimming competitively as a teenager in Victoria, Australia.
Why this sport?
He initially played Australian rules football. He took up swimming as a hobby and eventually gave up Australian rules football to pursue swimming.
Club / Team
Nunawading Swim Club: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Training Regime
He completes nine two-hour training sessions per week, swimming over 50 kilometres.
General Interest
Matt (Instagram profile, 01 Jan 2020)
Cycling, sports, travelling, cars, supporting Australian rules football team Richmond Tigers. (vis.org.au, 23 Oct 2018; upstart.net.au, 25 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (sportingnews.com, 29 Apr 2021; Swimming Victoria Facebook page, 19 Sep 2016; swimming.org.au, 20 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Australian rules football player Matthew Richardson. (vis.org.au, 23 Oct 2018)
In 2019 his training was disrupted after he broke three fingers when the bonnet of his car fell on his hand. He was restricted to only kicking training for two months. (swimming.org.au, 20 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If it has to be, it's up to me." (vis.org.au, 23 Oct 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was named Australian Institute of Sport [AIS] Discovery of the Year at the Swimming Australia Awards. (swimming.org.au, 28 Jul 2019)

In 2018 he received the Andrew Lauterstein Trophy for Butterfly at the Swimming Victoria Awards in Australia. (7news.com.au, 25 Nov 2019)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sportingnews.com, 29 Apr 2021)
Other information
He initially took up butterfly because he wanted to be closer to his friends during swim training in his youth, by making the medley relay team. He noticed that with butterfly being the 'hardest' stroke, there was less competition for the butterfly leg of the relay, making it easier for him to make the team if he could perform the stroke well. "I was at a junior club when I first started swimming. At the time, me and my mate did different strokes and a lot of focus at that club was on relays. We would be in the same relay, swimming different strokes. That's another reason why I've pursued butterfly, to swim in the relays with other people." (sportingnews.com, 29 Apr 2021)

Around age 16 he almost quit swimming after several of his friends left his original swim club in Greensborough, VIC, Australia. In the end, to make sure he kept swimming, his family decided that they would move to Nunawading so that he could train at the Nunawading Swim Club under coach Scott Talbot. To make that possible, his mother drove him for over an hour from his school, which was still in Greensborough, to Nunawading, to make it to training on time. "I was in year 12, I was at a small club in Greensborough, and it got to that stage where I wasn't enjoying it anymore. A couple of my friends left so I had to make the call to stop or continue. My family and I had a few discussions, and we thought we may as well give it a crack and move over to Nunawading. It's been the best decision so far - especially working with a new coach in Scott Talbot. I have really been benefiting from new people and a higher level of training." (sportingnews.com, 29 Apr 2021; swimming.org.au, 20 Jul 2019; upstart.net.au, 25 Sep 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
18 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Butterfly 1:56.25
5 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 50.92
3 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:10.22
3 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:38.95
5 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:29.60
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Butterfly 1:56.52
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Butterfly 51.51
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:30.42
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2021 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 47.19
6 2021 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:45.07
5 2021 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 22.77
4 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 50.77
7 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 21.53
7 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 47.29
57 2018   Overall Ranking  
2 2018 Singapore, SGP 100m Butterfly 50.60
6 2018 Singapore, SGP 200m Butterfly 1:54.64
4 2018 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 51.08