Matthew is an excellent role model for other young swimmers within the local community and his continued excellent performances help to raise the profile of swimming and also his home Club within the swimming community. His enthusiasm and commitment doesn’t go unnoticed and he was awarded the coaches award for senior swimmer and the Swimmers swimmer award for 2018 at the recent Inverclyde ASC presentation awards ceremony. Matthew volunteers as a coach on Sunday evenings helping with the younger squads of Inverclyde ASC
He has had another very successful competitive year with superb results at both local and West District level. He broke the 13 year old age group long course West District record for the 100m and 200m breaststroke and later in December broke the 14 year old age group short course West District record for the 50m Breaststroke.At West District he won 9 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals in individual events At other local meets he also gained 7 gold and 7 silver medals in individual events
Currently ranked 1st in Scotland for the 50m (short course) breaststroke, 100m (short course and long course) breaststroke and 200m (short course and long course) breaststroke for his age group. January 2018 Matthew won gold medal and silver medals at the Brodies Scottish Schools swimming championships in the 13-14year age group for the 200m and 100m breaststroke.
At Scottish Swimming National Championships during 2018 he won the gold medal for the 200m Breaststroke and was Scottish Age group champion for this event. He also won gold for 50m breaststroke, silver for the 200m individual medley, 100m breaststroke and 1500m freestyle and bronze for the 400m individual medley.
Based on his performances he was selected for Scottish Swimming’s national squad, youth development squad and attends national training camps with this squad.
Matthew had his first taste of international competition when he qualified for the British Summer championships in Sheffield where he finished 6th in his age group for the 100m breaststroke and 11th for the 200m breaststroke.
He was selected to join the Scotland West team to participate in the Lincoln Vulcan’s meet and the National County Team championships in Sheffield. Competing at the Lincoln Vulcan’s meet he smashed his pb’s to win 3 gold medals in the 200m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley. A magnificent performance by the Scotland West team saw them finish 2nd at the National Team championships, the highest ever placing by a Scottish team.
Currently ranked 7th in Britain for the 100m and 200m Breaststroke and 6th for the 50m Breaststroke in his age group.