Paralympian Matthew Cowdrey
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Swimmer could be Australia's most successful Paralympian ever

31 August 2012 Last updated at 15:00 BST

The Olympics sought to 'Inspire a Generation', but the Paralympics is all about changing perceptions.

According to Australian Paralympian Matthew Cowdrey, helping to change stereotypes is perhaps his greatest achievement.

That, as well as being on the verge of becoming Australia's most successful Paralympian ever.

Tom Donkin reports.