HEAT athlete signs with LSSU

HEAT athlete signs with LSSU

Mar 20
HEAT athlete signs with LSSU

Simcoe track athlete headed to Lake State

By Eddie Chau, Simcoe Reformer

Simcoe Composite School student Kassidy Matthews holds up a letter of intent she signed that confirms her enrollment at Lake Superior State University in Michigan. Matthews will be headed there this fall on a track and field scholarship. (EDDIE CHAU Simcoe Reformer)

Simcoe Composite School student Kassidy Matthews holds up a letter of intent she signed that confirms her enrollment at Lake Superior State University in Michigan. Matthews will be headed there this fall on a track and field scholarship. (EDDIE CHAU Simcoe Reformer)

SIMCOE – Once you hit the ground you start running.

In Kassidy Matthews’ case she sprints.

Known for her athletic accomplishments on the track at Simcoe Composite School, the 17-year-old senior student will cross the pond this fall in order to continue her passion of sprinting while furthering her education.

Matthews recently signed a letter of intent to attend Lake Superior State University in Michigan where this fall she’ll be studying Prelaw on a track and field scholarship.

“They (LSSU) sought me out,” said Matthews. “They were looking for a sprinter in 200-metre and 400-metre and my profile came up. A recruiter came into contact with me about joining LSSU.”

The Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan-based school is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II school known for its athletics.

Matthews recently traveled to Michigan to take a tour of the campus and absolutely fell in love with its facilities.

“I knew that I can definitely go here for the next four years,” she quipped.

As a Grade 7 student at Townsend Central Public School, Matthews participated in a two-week track and field clinic on a whim, but soon found out that she “fell in love with it.”

From there the teen participated in various track competitions as part if the Hamilton Olympic Club — which included the 2011 Legion Canadian Youth Championships in Ottawa.

As a Simcoe Sabre, Matthews was no stranger to sprinting accomplishments.

In 2011 the short distance specialist won gold in the 100-metre and 200-metre sprints at CWOSSA which earned her a berth for OFSAA. The following year Matthews won gold, silver and bronze in the 400-metre, 200-metre and 100-metre sprints respectively at CWOSSA.

An injury forced her to sit on the sidelines as she watched her classmates compete in track and field. This spring Matthews is ready to return to the track to compete with a goal of “making it through to OFSAA.”

“I would love to PB (personal best) in my events,” Matthews said. “There’s a friendly rivalry with a few girls I’ve been competing with since Grade 9. To be competing with them motivates me to do better. They’re really good.”

Now a member of the Hamilton Elite Athletic Team (HEAT) Running Club, Matthews trains regularly in order to stay in top physical condition. Her track accomplishments have opened up opportunities such as the Canadian Junior Nationals in 2012.

Matthews hopes to head back to the junior nationals to compete this year.

As for her track aspirations beyond post-secondary education. Matthews hopes to one day be able to pass her experience and knowledge along to up and coming athletes as a coach one day.

For now she’ll keep striving to be the best.

Eddie Chau

519-426-3528 ext. 134

eddie.chau@sunmedia.ca

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