Born in Tasmania, Matt joined the Clifton Beach Surf life Saving Club as a nipper. Clifton Beach is the southern most club in Australia so training was tough for Matt growing up to say the least. Bevilacqua has competed in numerous state teams for Tasmania and as a 16 year old Matt became the youngest person at the time to win the Tasmanian Open Ironman title and went on to win the race three years in a row. After completing school Matt chose to pursue his dream of becoming an Ironman and moved to Mooloolaba to train with the Michael King Ironman Academy.
Two years after his move Matt achieved his dream and made history by becoming the first ever Tasmanian to qualify for the Nutri-Grain Ironman series. After finishing 9th in his debut series Matt has continued to improve in leaps and bounds and is now one of Australia’s top Ironman. With recent results including a second place at the 2014 World Ironman Champs, overall third in the 15/16 Nutri-Grain Ironman Series, three times Molokai to Oahu Champion and world record holder (a 53km channel crossing), and a second place in 2016 Coolangatta Gold it is clear his decision to chase his dreams has already paid off. Matt now represents Kurrawa SLSC.
Mat made history when he paddleboard down notorious Shipstern Bluff. He had his fair share of wipe-outs before conquering Australia’s heaviest wave as part of a promotional shoot for Kellogg’s. This video is worth watching.
Mat who is studying to be a Physical Education teacher in his spare time uses his educational knowledge to prepare himself. equilibras™ e-flips™ are a welcomed new edition to ensuring he does everything to ensure his body is prepared for the gruelling sport he is engaged in.