Our February Patient of the Month, Matt Hunter is an avid sportsman and has accomplished an incredible amount over the years! Here are just some of his many career highlights:
- In 2010, he represented Team NS Special Olympics in swimming at the National Summer Games, as well as Team Canada at the World Special Olympic Games in 2011, where he came home from Greece with a silver medal in the 50 fly!
- In 2012, Matt attended the Canadian National Winter Games,?representing Team Nova Scotia in snowshoeing. Based on this accomplishment, as well as his showing in Greece the year before, Matt was recognized a Nova Scotia Athlete of the Year! His community also recognized him as the Truro Sport Heritage Senior Athlete of the year, the first time the award was ever presented to a Special Olympian!
- In 2012 as well as 2013, he participated at the National Canoe and Kayak Championships, winning a gold medal in the K2 in 2012.
- In 2013, Matt travelled to Italy for the World Down Syndrome Swim Championships. He won several individual medals in the International Competition, as well as being part of the relay team that won a bronze medal in World Competition.
- In 2015, Matt was again a member of Team Nova Scotia at the National Special Olympics in Vancouver, BC. He had very good showings, and as a result was selected to be part of the Team Canada training squad preparing for the World Special Olympic Games in LA 2015!
- He again attended the World Down Syndrome Swim Championships, where, as well as winning several individual medals in the International section of the competition, he brought home bronze medals for his 200m Fly and 400m IM. These were the first-ever individual medals for a Canadian in World Competition in the Trisomy 21 section of the competition!
- In July 2015, at the World Special Olympics in LA California, Matt won a silver medal in 100 fly and bronze medals in 200 back stroke as well as the 4×100 freestyle relay. These medals all came in the highest level of competition!
- In July 2016, Matt again participated at the World Down Syndrome Swim Championships in Florence, Italy, placing in the top 3 of all his International Races. In September, the RECC announced these games will be held in Truro in 2018.
In his spare time, Matt loves to cross country ski, snow snoe, and jog in the trails behind his house. For the past 6 years, he has commuted to Halifax three times a week during summer to participate in the Paddle All Kayak Program out of the Cheema Aquatic Club.
In addition to his athletic pursuits, Matt holds part-time jobs at Cineplex, Tim Hortons and Holiday Inn. He is truly an inspiration to his community, and one of the best athletes in Atlantic Canada. Congratulations, Matt!