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Growing up I played lots of football and rugby at academy level. In my spare time I started to partake in some local triathlons. Triathlon was never my priority growing up, except as a reason to keep myself fit – not thinking that I could progress in the sport. However, after a major concussion in 2017 which left me bed bound, I was unable to do any sport or live a normal life as a 18 year old. Following advice that I should no longer play contact sports and after nearly 2 years of not doing much for myself, I decided to get back into a routine of keeping fit and this brought me into doing triathlon again. At the end of 2018 I signed up for Ironman Wales 2019 to test my ability and mental strength. During the 2019 season I decided to enter a qualifying race for the European Standard Distance Triathlon Championships and I managed to qualify even though it was my first ever Olympic distance race. I also completed Ironman Wales and came 6th in my age group.
My goals for next season are to gain a place on the podium at the European Triathlon Standard Distance Triathlon Championships in Estonia and to qualify to race in an ITU international race.
Ultimately, my main goal in triathlon is to progress through the ranks to become a professional and to also get to the IM 70.3 World Championships and to the Ironman World Championships.
Of Greepers Matthew says:
I came across Greeper Laces at the London Tri show in March. Since then I have worn them in every pair of running shoes I own and have never looked back. I used to use elastic laces which snapped on me or even cut into my feet when I would even just be on a training run, so I knew that a change was needed. The laces don’t only allow a quicker transition, as all you need to do is pull the laces, they will never come undone which is one less thing that you have to worry about. They don’t dig in on the top of your foot so you can run for long extended periods of time without them applying a lot of pressure across the foot. They also look really good with a wide range of colours. (This is perfect for triathletes who need to colour coordinate).