Lower Harmony swimmer competing at Canada Summer Games
TRURO - Sometimes, you get what you deserve.
Such is the case for Special Olympian Matthew Hunter, who after five years of competitive swimming has earned the opportunity to compete at the national level.
Hunter, a member of the Truro Centurions, will represent his club and his province at the Canada Summer Games in Charlottetown Aug. 15 to 29.
It's a fitting reward for the Lower Harmony resident, who has displayed the drive, determination and attitude required to get to the next level.
"He's definitely someone who deserves a spot on the team," said Hunter's coach Gill Richardson. "He's earned it in the pool working, as well as his attitude, commitment and spirit."
Hunter, 20, is Nova Scotia's lone Special Olympic swimmer competing at the Games. He will swim in five events - 100m and 50m freestyle, 50m and 100m backstroke and 50m breaststroke - and is confident he will do well.
"I think I will because I've been working hard and it's my big meet of the year," he said. "It's an honour to make the team; not everybody makes it."
Hunter said he enjoys swimming and the camaraderie that goes with it, which is evident at competitions, said Richardson.
"Matt's a big sweetheart at meets," she said. "When he's done racing he'll go over by the pool and he makes sure he cheers for his teammates and he's always congratulating them and always giving them high-fives, so he's a really good team player, as well."
Hunter, who has started dry-land training with the team this year, trains in the pool with other able-body swimmers and has little trouble matching them stroke-for-stroke.
"Even when I give him the extreme sets he'll do his best to do it, so we're really proud of him," Richardson said.