Matt Shirvington is an Australian athlete who won the Australian 100 and 200 metre national sprint titles on multiple occasions. He was born in French's Forest, Sydney on 25th October 1978.
He attended St Martin's School from Kindergarten to Year 6. He was very good at athletics while at school and some of his records still stand.
As a teenager he attended Little Athletics but his other big interest was surfing.
The event which shaped his life were the 100m and 200m sprints; mostly the 100m.
In 1998 he spent 3 weeks in Houston, Texas, being coached by Tom Tellez, the coach of the great Carl Lewis. He has raced against the world's best athletes including Donavan Bailey and Maurice Greene.
In the Commonwealth Games Matt came a close 4th in the 100m and set a new Australian record of 10.03 seconds. He won a bronze medal in the 4 X 100m relay.
In March 1999, Matt became National 100 metre and 200 metre sprint champion.
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