Growing up on the Australian shoreline, Matt Poole is the quintessential tanned Australian Beach Bum turned professional – With 10 years experience as a Surf IronMan Athlete competing in the Nutri-Grain IronMan series, Poole has mastered the elements of the surf, excelling in ski, paddleboard and ocean swim.
Matt began his competitive time in the surf at Dee Why on Sydney’s northern beaches before moving to Queenscliff, and then to Queensland to join Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. His current club is Kurrawa on the Gold Coast.
Pooley is the Rock Star of the Nutri-Grain IronMan series. Pink hair, blue hair, black hair, tattoos, emotional victory celebrations and glamorous girlfriends are part of the show, but there is MUCH more to Matt Poole than meets the eye.
Renowned for his tough exterior and competitive drive, Pooley is never one to take a backward step and is as hard on himself as he is on his rivals. Over the years he has produced some courageous efforts that show his inbuilt toughness. In the Coolum round in 2010/11, the season he finished second to Shannon Eckstein in the Nutri-Grain IronMan series, Poole battled on for two-hours with a serious respiratory problem only to collapse at the finish line.
Despite the tough exterior, Poole can be described as a self-confessed ‘mummy’s boy. He is extremely close to his parents and sister and the family are just as much a part of his successes as he is.
Competitively, Matt is continually mixing it with the best in his sport. At age 19 (2008/09) Matt won his first ever professional series event in Coolum, going on to claim 3rd overall on his season debut. In one of the most competitive sports arenas, Matt continues to display drive and consistency, placing 2nd in 2010/11 series, and again finding himself on the podium (this time in third place) in 2015/16, and 1st in the 2015 Summer of Surf IronMan Series.
Nutri-Grain IronMan Series Champion: Matt’s consistency and competitive drive saw the 2016/17 Nutri-Grain IronMan series final go down to the wire! With Shannon Eckstein gunning for his 10th series win, and Matt his 1st series win, they both entered the final day of racing deadlocked on points for the title. Matt’s dogged determination saw him overcome two challenging knockout rounds in which he was forced to overcome the challenging waves after being knocked from his board in consecutive races. Going in to the final, Matt proved his competitiveness and will to win was too strong, putting together the race of the day and claiming his first Nutri-Grain IronMan Series title.
Matt is the complete waterman, testing his mental and physical ability at international events, and challenging himself in some of the most remote and harsh conditions on the planet. Recently he claimed the title of ‘IRONMANA Champion’ in the tropics of Bora Bora, overcame injury to place 3rd in the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Champs in Hawaii (champion 2014), and travelled to Fiji to represent Australia in the ISA Worlds, taking 1st in the paddleboard tech race and 2nd in the paddleboard endurance to help Australia re-claim the overall Gold Medal. Alongside big wave surfer Ian Walsh & multisport waterman Kai Lenny (guided by two former Navy Seals), Matt also completed a trip to Patagonia for Red Bull’s ‘Project Acheron.’ Affectionately named in tribute to the River Acheron (also known as the River of Pain), the team trekked their way through the unforgiving terrain of Patagonia in search of (and finding) a challenge of body, mind, and spirit.
If 2016 was about new challenges, 2017 and 2018 is about the pursuit of adventure. With a continued focus on the Nutri-Grain IronMan series title defence, Matt will also embark on adventures that include the Tahiti Waterman Tour, Paddle Alaska, Molokai 2 Oahu (Hawaii), New York Sea Paddle, IRONMANA Tahiti, and ISA Worlds (Denmark) to name a few.
Matt is currently supported by Red Bull, Kellogg’s Nutri Grain, Reebok, Engine Swimwear, Kurrawa SLSC, Solar-D Sunscreen. Poole is also an ambassador to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, and contributor for a number of charities including the National Breast Cancer Foundation.