In 2009 sprint Kayaker Matthew made his debut in the Senior National Team, competing in the K1 and K2 200m. In World Cup 3 in Szeged, Hungary he claimed 2nd place in the K1 200m just behind the 2007 world champ Jonas Ems, and a fifth place in the 200m K2 with Jessie Philips.
Following the Senior Tour he joined the Under 23 Team competing in two international regattas in Germany and Poland winning two gold medals in the K1 500m and a 3rd gold in K2 500 with Queenslander Mitch Thompson.
In 2009 Matthew was also 1st in both the K1 200m and K2 200m at the Senior Australian National Championships in Perth. Matthew has stated his long lasting passion for paddling and recent taste of competition at a senior international level has fuelled a strong determination to strive for the 2012 London Olympics.