Matt Cowdrey is the most successful Australian swimmer you’ve probably never heard of. He's smashed 84 world records and won 8 gold medals at Athens and Beijing. He's a champion Paralympic swimmer, and despite missing half of his left arm, he swims 50m freestyle just 3 seconds slower than the world record for able-bodied athletes. Matt knows as well as anyone how important it is to give everyone a fair go - regardless of their age, ability, gender, sexuality, religion or race.
While we cheer on the heroic deeds of the Olympians and Paralympians at London 2012, it is also the perfect time to remind everyone what sport is really all about -- respect, inclusion and good sportsmanship.
Play by the Rules is a national program aimed at ensuring safe, fair and inclusive sport for all Australians.
As we revel in the achievements at London 2012, it is important we also remind everyone that a winner is not always judged on how many medals they win - the best athletes are always the ones who are good sports and who play by the rules!
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