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Matthew Temple bio

Matthew Temple



Place of Birth

Bundoora, VIC


Mill Park, VIC

Junior Club

Mill Park Swim Club

Senior Club

Nunawading Swimming Club


Wayne Lawes

Olympic History

Tokyo 2020

Paris 2024

High School

Greensborough Secondary College

Career Events

Swimming Men's 100m Butterfly

Swimming Men's 200m Butterfly

Swimming Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay

Swimming Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay

Swimming Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay


Matthew's Story

Victorian Matthew Temple has established himself as Australia’s leading butterflyer and a genuine medal contender for the Paris Olympics. 

Matthew shattered the Australian record for the men’s 100m butterfly at a swim meet in Japan in December 2023, with a time that would have won gold at every Olympics except Tokyo. His time of 50.25 seconds – blitzing the national record of 50.45 – would have won bronze at the Tokyo Games. It is the eighth-fastest time in history.

Matthew, from the powerful Nunawading club, only competed at his first Victorian state titles at the age of 15 but he quickly caught the eye. An Australian age title in the 100m butterfly followed in 2018 but perhaps even more noteworthy was the fact that he placed fifth in open competition at the Commonwealth Games selection trials later that year. 

2019 was to be his breakout year, as he surged into the Dolphins team for the Gwangju world championships team and placed sixth in the 100m butterfly. On the strength of that swim, he was chosen to swim the heats of the 4x100m medley relay, qualifying Australia. Though he did not swim in the final, he still earned his first international gold as a member of the relay team. 

At the Olympic trials in Adelaide, Matthew took out the 100m butterfly title in a time of 51.83sec, with no other swimmer breaking 52sec. He also won the 200m butterfly and then sneaked under the qualifying time by the smallest possible margin, .01sec, to join defending champion Kyle Chalmers in the 100m freestyle. He clocked 48.32sec to Chalmers’ 47.59sec, with Cam McEvoy third in 48.49sec. 

The selectors would opt for McEvoy to swim as Australia’s second entrant in the 100m freestyle in Tokyo but that allowed Matthew to devote himself entirely to his 100m butterfly. 

There he made an astonishing breakthrough, taking almost a full second off his trials time to place fifth in 50.92sec. American superstar Caeleb Dressel established a new world record for the event with a stunning 49.45sec swim, marginally ahead of Hungary’s Kristof Milak, but Matthew – on Olympic debut in one of the hottest events on the program – finished only .18sec away from bronze. 

He would claim two relay bronze medals at the Olympics, in the 4x100m freestyle relay, where he led off in a personal best time of 48.07sec, while he teamed up with Kaylee McKeown, Emma McKeon and Zac Stubblety-Cook to finish third in the 4x100m mixed medley relay. 

His outstanding performances in Tokyo catapulted him to a prolific 2022, as he won silver in the same two relays at the world titles in Budapest, and then went one better in each race to claim gold at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games a few weeks later. 

He also claimed his first individual international medal as he placed second in the 100m butterfly final in 51.40sec, while he also captured silver in the men’s medley relay. 

He finished the year on a high in Melbourne, claiming two gold (4x50m freestyle, 4x100m medley), two silver (4x100m freestyle, 4x50m mixed freestyle) and a bronze (4x50m medley relay). 

Matthew claimed gold in the 100m and 200m butterfly and bronze in the 50m butterfly at the Australian championships in 2023, before picking up bronze in the men’s 4x100m medley relay and silver in the mixed 4x100m medley relay at the 2023 world championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

He was back in Japan for his Australian record-breaking performance later in the year.  He maintained his consistent form at the 2024 NSW championships before winning gold in the 100m butterfly and silver in the 200m butterfly at the Australian titles in March. 

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