Matthew received a life-changing kidney transplant in April 2015 following eight years of poor health due to kidney failure. During these eight years daily life was tough and sports near impossible and for Matthew who had always been a keen sportsman the loss of his health and fitness was a major blow.
Following transplantation, Matthew discovered Transplant Sport, an organization who encourage transplant recipients to get healthy and compete at national level in the British Transplant Games. As a former sprint swimmer, Matthew was determined to regain his fitness and enjoy the thrill of competition once more.
Swim training began in Spring 2016, in preparation for the Liverpool Transplant Games, during the tournament Matthew excelled in the pool and won 2 gold medals in sprint swim events, these times were good enough for Matthew to be selected to swim for Team GB & NI and compete in the World Transplant Games in Malaga 2017. As Matthew increased the intensity of his swim training in preparation for Malaga he began to struggle with shoulder pain, to overcome this obstacle to training he turned to pilates taught by Nisha Srivastava.