D.O.B. February 20th 1985
HOMETOWN Cape Town, South Africa
OCCUPATION Professional Triathlete
RACING SINCE 2012
Matt is a professional triathlete specializing in Ironman, 70.3 and long-distance events. A former professional yachtsman, he took up the sport of triathlon late in life but quickly went on to excel.
After two years of racing as an age group triathlete, Matt turned professional in 2014 and has won races around the globe since.
In January 2017 Matt was hit by a car at high speed whilst out riding and had to undergo a multiple level spinal fusion to repair three crushed lumbar vertebra. Most of 2017 was then spent recovering from the accident. A year later Matt went on to regain his 70.3 South Africa title and has gone from strength to strength since.
Matt has had success in races around the globe. A typical year would include races and training in South Africa over the Southern Hemisphere summer before heading over to Europe and the U.K to compete during their season, and then on to the U.S for the Ironman World Champs in Kona, Hawaii. The goal is to continue to get results at home and abroad with more emphasis on peaking and performing at Championship events.
Career highlights: 17 Half Ironman Distance wins including 5 victories at Ironman 70.3 South Africa. Two-time Ironman Wales champion and winner of the 2019 European Long-Distance Champs in course record time.