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Cheshire Swimmer of The Year for 2019

Ian Austerberry Trophy & Salver Goes To Cheshire Swimmer of The Year for 2019


Age 21 years

Sports Science Student at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) at Crewe

Club: Stockport Metro

Coach; Sean Kelly

Results in 2019

2019 World University Games held in Naples in June

Great Britain team

      200m breaststroke finalist

2019 British Summer Championships held in Glasgow in July

     100m breaststroke & 200m breaststroke   British double champion

2019 British National Championships & Trials held in Scotland in March

     50m breaststroke & 200m breaststroke   silver medals


Cameron Brodie, MMU Sport’s Performance Sport Assistant, said:                                                              

“It’s great to see even more success in the pool for this Manchester Met swimmer after already such a successful year. Katie has also just returned from the World University Games where she did amazing and has managed an even faster time at this competition – it just shows her professionalism and ability to perform when the pressure is on.  She is now gearing up for GB Olympic Trials in April next year!”

Julie Bennett, Chairman at Stockport Metro

“We are also delighted to have a performance athlete Katie Matts on the SM coaching team. Katie is a qualified Level 2 teacher and the lead coach with Junior Development 1 squad.  She has amazing technical skills and knowledge to impart along with her passion for swimming and the Wolfpack.  She is a huge asset to our team.”

Sean Kelly, Performance Director at Stockport Metro

Katie is the ultimate professional.   100% attendance, never late, always trains hard. She always is looking to improve and often does activities away from the pool to find the extra edge. She brings the best out of her teammates and her coach.  Katie is the most dedicated athlete I have ever coached and she deserves all the success and more that she gets. She goes the extra mile and lives in it.

Last updated - 06 Nov 2019
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