Media Release by Senator the Hon Jan McLucas

Cowdrey wins more gold

Joint Media Release with:

  • JENNY MACKLIN MP Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Minister for Disability Reform

Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin, Minister for Sport Kate Lundy and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Jan McLucas today congratulated Matt Cowdrey on winning gold in the men’s 200m individual medley SM9.

Matt claimed his 12th medal to beat James Crisp from Great Britain in the final and clock a new Paralympic record of 1:02.39.

Yesterday, Matt raced into history as Australia’s greatest Paralympian and it is phenomenal that he continues to build on his success and scoop more medals in the pool.

Matt is a stellar athlete and his success and achievements are a credit to his personal drive, determination and strength of character.

Matt is one of our preeminent champions and he is an inspiration and shining example to all Australians.

The Gillard Government is working towards a future where all Australian children and adults with disability lead lives of dignity and opportunity.

We are providing $1 billion to deliver the first stage of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to provide Australians with a disability the care and support they need, when they need it.

The Australian Government has also provided strong funding to support our Paralympic Team, committing over $13.7 million in 2011-12 for the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) and $2.7 million in Direct Athlete Support (DAS) to help Australia’s Paralympic athletes reach their potential.