After winning his first senior British medal with 1500m Freestyle bronze as a 14-year old in 2010, Matthew Johnson took international competition in his stride the following season.
Matthew Johnson Profile
|Date of Birth||23rd April 1995|
|Team/Club||British Gas GBR National Performance Centre, Bath|
|Coach||Dave McNulty / Graeme Antwhistle|
In 2012, Johnson made his European Junior Championship debut in Antwerp, winning double gold over 200m Butterfly and 400m Individual Medley as well as 400m Freestyle silver.
After making a senior debut at the 2012 World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Johnson returned to the European Junior stage in 2013, defending his 200m Butterfly title as well as collecting silver medals over 400m Free and 400m IM.
|Long Course 400m Freestyle||3:49.67||2013|
|Long Course 200m Butterfly||1:57.92||2013|
|Long Course 200m Individual Medley||2:03.84||2012|
|Long Course 400m Individual Medley||4:16.53||2012|
|Short Course 400m Freestyle||3:46.84||2013|
|Short Course 200m Butterfly||1:55.06||2013|
|Short Course 200m Individual Medley||2:00.81||2013|
|Short Course 400m Individual Medley||4:07.46||2013|
|World Short Course Championships||200m Butterfly||2012||1:57.48||24th|
|100m Individual Medley||57.15||33rd|
|400m Individual Medley||4:13.75||18th|
|World Junior Championships||400m Freestyle||2013||3:57.95||22nd|
|400m Individual Medley||4:24.52||8th|
|4x200m Freestyle Relay||7:15.36||GOLD|
|200m Individual Medley||2:06.25||15th|
|400m Individual Medley||4:18.54||5th|
|4x200m Freestyle Relay||7:32.26||8th|
|European Junior Championships||400m Freestyle||2013||3:51.11||SILVER|
|400m Individual Medley||4:17.47||SILVER|
|200m Individual Medley||2:05.92||8th|
|400m Individual Medley||4:17.26||GOLD|
|European Youth Olympic Festival||400m Freestyle||2011||3:54.70||GOLD|
|200m Individual Medley||2:04.35||GOLD|
|400m Individual Medley||4:22.02||GOLD|
|4x100m Freestyle Relay||3:29.03||SILVER|
|4x200m Freestyle Mixed Relay||7:59.20||SILVER|
|British Championships||400m Freestyle||2014||3:53.64||7th|
|400m Individual Medley||4:21.90||4th|
|400m Individual Medley||4:17.31||4th|
|200m Individual Medley||2:04.17||11th|
|400m Individual Medley||4:16.53||BRONZE|
|200m Individual Medley||2:08.39||20th|
|400m Individual Medley||4:23.10||6th|
|200m Individual Medley||2:10.16||27th|
|400m Individual Medley||4:23.51||6th|
In The Pool
Greatest achievement to date: Difficult to say as I have done and achieved so many things very young. British Senior Champs medal aged 14. First GB call up open Water aged 14. 43 National titles up to 16 and four individual golds at the European Youth Olympics.
Aspirations: To be the best by working hard and break new ground.
Greatest influence: My parents - without them I can't swim!
Swimming goals: Simple! Olympic gold.
When did you begin swimming: I did my swimming certificates aged six and then joined my local club Spenborough a couple of years later.
Out Of The Pool
Ultimate relaxation: Doing nothing, playing Xbox and giving my younger brother Luke a bit of grief.
Tip for the top: Take defeat as a indicator to improve and then work on putting it right.
Life after swimming: I'm not sure at the moment. It’s a toss up between two things, my own business in sports motivation, psychology and mentoring or Media and Sports management.
How would you like to be remembered: Hard-working and humble.
Films: Snatch and Transformers.
Band/Music: I listen to music dependant on what mood I am in so I have no real favourite.
Food: Roast dinner with Yorkshire pudding.
Hobbies: Xbox and sleeping.
Last book read: Unexplained mysteries.