National Teams

Para-Swimming Team

Matthew Cabraja

  • Age 21
  • Height 185 cm / 6 ftin
  • Club University of Toronto Varsity Blues
  • Coach Ian Roopnarine
  • Hometown Brampton, ON
  • Residence Woodbridge, ON

National Team Highlights

Madeira 2022 World Para Swimming Championships4
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games2
Cairns 2018 Pan pacific Championships123

Matthew’s Bio

  • At the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, Cabraja finished fifth in the 100-m butterfly S11 in a personal best time. He also placed seventh in the men’s 400-m freestyle S11 and ninth in the 50-m freestyle S11 and 100-m backstroke S11 (personal best).
  • At the Madeira 2022 World Para Swimming Championships, Cabraja competed in 6 individual events. He placed 6th in the 100-m butterfly S11, the 100-m breaststroke SB11, and the 100-m backstroke S11. Cabraja also placed 8th in the 400-m freestyle S11 and 11th in both the 50-m freestyle S11 and the 100-m freestyle S11.
  • At the 2018 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships in Cairns, Cabraja earned a silver medal in the 100-m backstroke S11. He also captured bronze in the 50-m freestyle S11 and the 200-m individual medley SM11.
  • At the London 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, Cabraja set personal best times in the 100-m freestyle S11 and in the 200-m individual medley SM11, finishing 12th in both events. Making his first career appearance at worlds, he also competed in the 50-m freestyle S11 (11th), 100-m backstroke S11 (11th) and 400-m freestyle S11 (12th).
  • Cabraja captured silver in the 100-m butterfly multi-class as well as bronze in the 50-m freestyle multi-class, 100-m freestyle multi-class and 400-m freestyle multi-class at the 2022 Bell Canadian Swimming Trials. His performances qualified him for the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships.
  • At the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto, Cabraja claimed a pair of multi-class medals, including silver in the 100-m freestyle and bronze in the 50-m freestyle. He also set personal best times in four events, including the 50-m freestyle, 100-m freestyle, 100-m butterfly and 100-m backstroke.
  • At the 2018 Canadian Swimming Trials, Cabraja took home bronze in the Para multi-class 50-m freestyle. His overall performance earned him a spot on the Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships team, his first senior national team.
  • At the 2017 Canada Summer Games, Cabraja earned a silver in the 100-m backstroke.
  • Is an avid guitar player who entertains his teammates on the road.
  • Favourite singer: Keith Urban
  • Music behind the blocks: Country
  • Favourite place to visit: Croatia
  • Guilty Pleasure: Ice Cream
  • Other interests: Racing RC Cars

Matthew’s Personal Bests

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100m Butterfly25mDowntown Fall Sprint Meet
100m Breaststroke50mCanadian Swimming Trials
200m Medley25mOUA Swimming Championships
50m Freestyle25mOUA Swimming Championships
50m Butterfly25mOUA Swimming Championships
50m Backstroke25mOUA Swimming Championships
200m Butterfly50mU.S. Paralympics Championships
100m Backstroke25mUniversity of Toronto vs Guelph
100m Butterfly50mParalympic Games---
100m Backstroke50mParalympic Games
100m Freestyle50mWinter Ontario Swimming Championships
50m Freestyle50mWinter Ontario Swimming Championships---
400m Freestyle50mWinter Ontario Swimming Championships
200m Freestyle50mU.S. Paralympics National
100m Medley25mNeptune International de Noel 25m
50m Breaststroke25mNeptune International de Noel 25m
100m Freestyle25mNeptune International de Noel 25m
400m Freestyle25mSwim International
200m Medley50mWorld Para Swimming Championships
50m Breaststroke50mThe Hammer
100m Breaststroke25mNeptune International (CSPO 25m)
200m Backstroke25mNeptune International (CSPO 25m)---
200m Backstroke50mAudi Toronto Midtown Pan Am Invitational (TPASC)
50m Backstroke50mMallards Winter LC Invitational
200m Freestyle25mAquafest
1500m Freestyle50mNewmarket Stingrays May LC Invitational
800m Freestyle50mNewmarket Stingrays May LC InvitationalSPLIT
200m Breaststroke25m40th Annual Cindy Nicholas Invitational (Markham)
50m Butterfly50mLAC 25th Annual Hollandia Spring Invitational Long Course Meet
200m Breaststroke50mSpring Turbo Charge
25m Backstroke25mCOBRA Intraclub
25m Freestyle25mCOBRA Intraclub