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LACK Matthew
Sport Para athletics
NPC New Zealand   
GenderMen
Age29
Place of BirthOpotiki, NZL
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Residence
Opotiki, NZL
Higher education
Opotiki College: New Zealand
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first considered taking up the sport at age eight after attending the Eve Rimmer Games in Whakatane, New Zealand.
Why this sport?
He got a taste for athletics when one of the competitors at the Eve Rimmer Games let him sit in their chair. Once he began racing, he found he enjoyed the speed and fun of the sport.
Name of coach
Blanche Herbert
Coach from what year?
2004
General Interest
Most influential person in career
His parents. (invacare.com.au, 16 Sep 2010)
Injuries
He has had approximately 40 operations, which have interrupted his training for six weeks at a time. (youtube.com, 25 Oct 2007)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Stick with it. Just don't quit." (invacare.com.au, 16 Sep 2010)
Other information
IMPAIRMENTS
He was born with spina bifida, which affected his lower limbs. (invacare.co.nz, 27 Apr 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2011 800m T54 1:39.09
17 2011 1500m T54 3:17.42
19 2011 400m T54 51.63
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2010 1500m T54 3:21.20