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Matthew Wyatt

Name: Matthew Wyatt

Age: 16

School: Ysgol Friars

Sport: Kayaking

Club:

  • Cybi Kayakers
  • Amlwch Canoe Club
Place of Birth: Bridgend, South Wales 

Residence: Llanfachraeth

Best Achievements:

  • Gold medal in the Youth Freestyle Championships 2011 at Boulters Weir.

  • Bronze medal in the Youth Freestyle Championships 2012 at HPP.

  • Spent 3 weeks kayaking in Uganda on the White Nile.

  • Kayaking down a 17ft Waterfall in Scotland

  • Kayaking down a grade 5 gorge in Scotland

Favourite venue:

  • Local rivers in North Wales e.g. Tryweryn, Conwy, Dee.
  • Steep rivers in Scotland e.g. Etive and Morriston

How did you get involved in the sport?

Attended taster sessions with my family at Cybi Kayakers. I started kayaking when I was about 10 years old.

Top tips for future stars: 

Have fun and work hard!! Try to get out paddling as much as possible and make sure you go out with a good group of people. Try to get to know other kayakers and paddle with people that have more experience than you and you will learn a lot from them. Listen to your coaches and always try to push yourself.

Other activities:

Surfing, climbing and skiing.

Aspirations:

Continue to progress within kayaking and gain qualifications to become a kayak leader/instructor. When I get a bit older I hope to kayak in many places around the world and just keep enjoying myself.

Your idol: Sam Ward

Any thanks:

Thank you to my mum and dad for driving me everywhere to get to all of the rivers and to Cybi Kayakers for getting me into kayaking. I would also like to thank my mentor and friend Fraser Marr for taking me down all these big rivers and helping me gain kayaking qualifications.