Matthew Beach first represented New Zealand in Taekwondo as a 20 year old in 1997 at the Commonwealth Championships where he came away with a Silver Medal. That same year Matthew beat his Taiwanese opponent in the 1st round of the World Championships - a moment he considers his proudest. Since then his career in Taekwondo has progressed strongly with Matthew winning a Bronze medal at the 2006 British Open and Gold at the 2007 Oceania Olympic Selection event. Matthew is proud to represent New Zealand as a Heavy Weight at Beijing 2008 and will give it his all in China on 23rd August. Outside Taekwondo Matthew is an immigration officer and enjoys fishing, diving, soccer and travelling.
Matthew's Games History
Olympic Summer Games Beijing 2008