Cody Matthews

Cody Matthews

Swimming is more than just a hobby for nine year old Cody Matthews.

The rural South Auckland resident is missing his right forearm and finds swimming the only sport that helps strengthen his upper arms and core muscles.

Cody immediately took to the water five years ago and now continues to actively pursue his swimming goals with ongoing support from an Activity Fund grant.

Swimming is a great form of exercise and Cody enjoys the freedom he gains from the water which has increased his confidence and overall wellbeing.

“I pretty much just love being in the water,” says Cody. “I get to learn new things at the lessons and challenge myself; I have to sometimes do big sets without stopping and I can push myself, it makes me feel good and free and I would like to thank Halberg for supporting me and believing in me.”

The energetic youngster has his heart set on swimming for New Zealand at the Paralympics in the future and his mother, Emma Wallace, has no doubt he will reach his goal.

“Cody’s can do attitude and his energy just make him the most amazing person,” says Emma. “He blows my mind with everything he achieves and I could not be more proud.”

His father, Greg Matthews, is equally as proud.

“Cody’s attitude and perseverance in anything outdoors makes me a very proud dad,” says Greg. “People always tell me how awesome Cody is.”