Quinn Matteis: Making A Serious Splash
The 14-year-old swimmer, who was recently named CKSN’s July Male Athlete of the Month, has collected medals every time he’s been in the water recently, and also represented Team Ontario this summer.
“The last few months have been very busy for me,” said Matteis.
“Especially preparing for Junior Nationals that took place the last week in July. However, in preparation for each meet I’ve come to realize what is required of me in order to succeed as I continue in my swimming competitions.”
That success included a gold and two silvers at Canadians Junior Nationals, Provincial gold in the open water swimming championships, and a trio of gold at the 14U provincials. He was also recognized as the Chatham Y Pool Sharks male swimmer of the year.
With that much success, it would be easy to forget that there are always lessons to learn. Matteis however, has soaked in the experiences and used them to get better.
“These experiences have taught me how to handle the increased stress and nerves that accompany competing at this higher level of these meets,” Matteis explained.
“I have also learned how to better manage my time and have a clear set of goals and priorities moving forward.”
His rapid progress and improvement this season also got Matteis notices by Team Ontario officials, who selected him to compete in Miami with the provincial team.
“Getting to Swim for Team Ontario was an amazing experience. Being part of a bigger team and representing Ontario was both an honour and a privilege,” said Matteis.
“I met some amazing people and made some great friendships that I hope will last a lifetime. It would be an honour to represent Ontario in the future if given the opportunity again.”
Now, Matteis is setting his goals high, and hoping for a big year ahead that rivals his success of this summer.
“The next year I hope to bring my training to a new high. With that, it is my goal to be successful at the Olympic Trials taking place early next year. Overall, my main goal is to continue to achieve faster times and personal growth moving forward.”