Matt Richards Confirmed As Sporting Champion
Posted: Wed, 07 Feb 2018 12:42
Our second big announcement this week!!!
With one week to go until the Herefordshire School Games 2018, we are delighted to announce Matt Richards as our Sporting Champion!
Matt has been swimming competitively since the age of 9, having learnt to swim at his local leisure centre in Droitwich Spa. He started at Droitwich Dolphins Swimming Club before moving to Worcester Swimming Club.
Since that time he has progressed through County Championships, Regional Championships and then onto British Summer Championships.
At the start of Year 9, at the age of just 13, Matt made the very difficult decision to move to boarding school to continue his swimming journey. He moved to the Royal School, Wolverhampton in September 2016 and began the most exciting stage of his career so far.
In July 2017, he qualified for the British Summer Championships and raced in five events. He won Gold Medals in all five events, including Freestyle, Butterfly and Individual Medley events.
Since starting at the Royal School, Matt has been selected onto the Welsh Youth Development Squad and has twice swum for Wales. In March 2017 he flew to Edinburgh and took part in the Edinburgh International Swim Meet.
In December 2017 he broke two British Age Group Records, setting records as the fastest ever 14 year old swimmer in Britain for both 100 metre and 200 metre Freestyle.
In January 2018 Matt flew out to Luxembourg with the Welsh Squad to take part in the Euro Meet 2018, racing alongside some of the biggest names in World swimming, including Adam Peaty, Ben Proud, Sarah Sjostrum and Laszlo Cseh. He won two Silver Medals and two Bronze Medals racing against some of the fastest Youth swimmers in Europe (including a World Junior Record Holder).
Matt has a three stage plan which he says all young athletes should follow:
1. Enjoy Yourself
Sport should be fun, it's too hard to do if you're not having fun
2. Work Hard
Providing that you're doing stage one, and enjoying yourself, then work hard
3. Listen to your Coach(es)
If you've managed stages one and two, then listen to your Coach
He says this is how he has achieved his successes so far, and he follows this plan all the time in his training.
Short-listed for the Aspiring Talent Award at the 2017 Sports Partnership Herefordshire & Worcestershire Sports Awards, we are delighted to have Matt as an ambassador for sport!