Matthew Bullen

Nicknames: The Bull. It was just a play on my last name that stuck.

Place of birth: Melbourne, Australia.

Please list your sporting career highlights:

  • National Championship winner
  • Victorian State Academy player

At what age did you start seriously training and competing in your sport(s)?

Roughly age 16.

What (and/or who) got you started in the sport?

My dad originally got me playing.

Are other family members involved in sport?

My cousins' Brooke and Lauren speed skate for Australia.

Who has been the biggest influence in your sporting career?

Eric Thomas, A motivational speaker from the US. He outlined very clearly that being talented isn't enough. He changed the way I think, therefor changing everything in my life.

Who has been the biggest influence in your academic life?

I would have to say my dad or Eric Thomas. I now believe that being great at something is totally down to an individual's mindset. If they are determined to do well the rest will take care of itself.

Do you support any other sport and/or teams?

  • AFL – Carlton
  • NBA – Atlanta Hawks
  • NFL – Denver Broncos.

How do you relax? Do you have other life interests outside of your sport? 

I love music, playing the guitar keeps me relaxed and entertained. I am also a bit of a fitness freak so that keeps me in check.

What is one thing that might surprise readers to learn about you?

I do not watch cricket at all.

What is your favourite food?  Movie? Music/performer?

  • Food – Chicken parma
  • Movie – Never Back Down
  • Music – I am a huge Foo Fighters fan.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

Control what you can control.

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?

"Stay hungry, stay foolish" – Steve Jobs.