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Blind athlete Rob Matthews has won 29 international gold medals, 9 silver medals and 6 bronze medals. He has set 22 world records and been awarded with the MBE by the Queen for Services to Sport for the Disabled. He has competed at 7 Paralympic Games and competed internationally for both Great Britain and New Zealand.

His autobiography ‘Running Blind’ is inspiring and funny and it has reprinted twice. Rob has skied cross-country in Norway, cycled thousands of kilometres around Europe and New Zealand, driven a racing car and plays golf, football and cricket.

Born with a degenerative eye condition, Rob has been blind since the age of 20, but this has been no problem to Rob who has achieved success beyond most people’s wildest dreams.
Rob is also an accomplished motivational speaker whose insights into how to succeed in the face of the greatest challenges are nothing short of inspirational.
This website contains details on Rob’s background and impressive achievements.

Rob Mathews, MBE, MA (Hon)
Running Blind Click to read more. Rob Matthews new book - Running Blind

The inspiring story of one man’s journey into the night
Disability is in the eye of the beholder. I choose not to let my disability stop me from doing anything. I know that I wouldn’t have achieved half as much as I have if I had lived a normal life. Going blind forced me to focus.
This is the first time in New Zealand publishing history that an adult non-fiction title
has been printed in Braille at the same time as print.
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Click to see Rob's plunge into ocean swimming
Rob Matthews nearing the finish line at the World Triathlon Champs Rob Matthews cycling at the World Paratriathlon Champs