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Catching up with our Olympians: Matthew Mark Meyer

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This young 18 year old Olympian and matric student from Clifton College is a man of focus, much wisdom for his youth and has so many interesting facets. He qualified for the Rio Olympics for the 1500m freestyle, amidst the nausea, pain and burn that confirmed his sure victory. He speaks with deep gratefulness for the brilliant guidance and support of his Coach Alisdair Hatfield, his dear ones in his life and says “One day, if I could say I turned out to be half the man Alisdair is then I would be proud of who I have become”. Matthew is such a mature and inspirational youth that will do SA proud, come this Rio Olympics.

When asked about himself he said “Well to be honest I’m some sort of a strange blend of a person really. I’m somewhere between an introvert and an extrovert but if you get to know me I think the extrovert may come out. I love to stay active, I can’t sit still at all and wherever I go there has to be something physical that I can do. Often that isn’t too much of a problem as I have to swim no matter where I go but if by some strange reason I don’t, then I will find something to do. Loyalty, it’s a quality I have prided myself on for many years and I feel that it is always the starting block when journeying to be the person you truly want to be”.

Matthew Meyer

Matthew Meyer

Photo Credits: Brian-Spurr-Photography

Athlete: Bio / Stats

Name & Surname Matthew Mark Meyer
Nick Name Matt
Date of birth 4 March 1998
Place of birth Durban (Parklands Hospital)
Current City Durban South Africa
Height 185cm
Weight 70kgs
Shoe Size 10/11
Club Action Swim Academy
Coach’s Name Alisdair Hatfield
Out of Country events Singapore Junior World Swimming Championship
Favorite City Cape Town
Favorite Song/ type of music I won’t go home without you by Maroon 5
Favorite Movie Tarzan (Animation)
Highschool Clifton College
Grade 12
Sponsors Speedo
Twitter and Instagram names, facebook name Instagram; matthewmeyer_

Facebook; Matthew Meyer

Parents Names, siblings Charles Meyer – Father | Wendy Meyer – Mother | Tracy-Lea Meyer – Sister |



Q: You have just realized a lifelong dream to qualify for the Rio Olympics. Wow and well done. What is on your heart and mind right now concerning this qualification?

Thank-you so much! For the first few days it was really just a matter of trying to soak it all in. It was hard to believe that I had finally accomplished a lifelong dream. It has been a goal of mine for some years now. After I started to realize what I had done I, at the same time, knew I had to get back into the pool and train harder than ever as there are bigger goals still to come.

Q: Respecting and being grateful for the journey that you, your parents and coaches have been on till now. Also for the benefit and encouragement of young and up-coming little dreamers that see you as a hero – how was your swimming performances at about age 13/14? What was your regime like at that age?

It’s been a long journey for us all however; I only really believe that we’ve reached a halfway point. I have been in the sport for 10 years straight with no breaks in between and am hoping to reach my 10 thousand hours in the pool soon as I feel this is the point where I’ll be at my peak. At the age of 13/14 I was really just trying to reach one goal, breaking my first age group record. I was unsuccessful until the age of 15 where a broke records on 5 different occasions throughout the year. The main aim of those years from my coach’s perspective was just getting the mileage and hard training in to set me up for the future.

Q: Why do you have such deep seated respect for your coach?

Alisdair is my life mentor, be it swimming, academics or life in general. He has helped me through a lot of ups and downs in my life and never lost faith in me throughout the journey so far. Alisdair is integral, honest and an inspiration to me.


Matthew Meyer

Matthew Meyer

Photo Credits: Brian-Spurr-Photography

Q: Would you like to share a little bit more about your faith journey and how it has affected your life / sports?

My faith ensures a safe, healthy and happy day to day life for my family and those who are dear to me. I am eternally grateful for all I have and all I am.

Q: Beside swimming, what else do you have a passion for?

My family and girlfriend. For me there is nothing better than a weekend consisting of a family lunch, a day well spent with my girlfriend and possibly a mornings worth of fishing with my dad. This refreshes my mind every week and reminds me how lucky I am outside of the pool. It’s amazing to know I have the undying support of these people and really makes me strive to achieve to the best of my ability.

Q: What is your personal favourite motivational quote?

Do what you love and love what you do!!

Q: What was your biggest challenge leading up to Olympic Qualifiers, and how did you manage that challenge?

It was a matter of controlling my nerves. I tend to get quite nervous for some of my bigger races and it doesn’t help me in the pool unless I control it.

Q: In your opinion, how do you define greatness in life?

Doing what you love and being successful at it. The two go hand in hand, if you love what you do then you will be good at it. Stay passionate, positive and hardworking but most of all be the person you have always dreamed of being.


Q: What’s your WHY ? 

I do what I do because I love it. My path in swimming and academics is what it is because of hard work and dedication. My message to the youth is that nothing in life comes easy and unless you are willing to sacrifice and commit, then your dreams will forever remain a dream.

Q: One thing about Matthew that the world does not know

I love to listen to music from the Tarzan Animation before I race.

Q: Favourite meal?

Well this is a difficult one. My mom is an amazing cook and I really can’t pinpoint my favored dish what I do know is that they all belong to her. My favorites would be the Monday night breyani, lamb roast on weekends, prawn pasta on a special occasion as well as my dad’s specialty ribs. People wonder how I stay slim and to be honest I don’t know either…


NB – All images were supplied by the athlete to Heslop Sports. If there are any images that are not credited correctly, please email info@heslopsports.co.za with the details and we will gladly do so immediately.

Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your journey ahead. We look forward to following you as you go from strength to strength. Blessings!

Brian Spurr Contact Details:

Facebook: Brian-Spurr-Photography

Cell: 082 553 2029

E:mail: brian.spurr@gmail.com

NB – All images were supplied by the athlete to Heslop Sports. If there are any images that are not credited correctly, please email info@heslopsports.co.za with the details and we will gladly do so immediately.

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2 JUNE 2016

Telkom have confirmed their association with SASCOC today in a deal that will see them provide sponsorship for TeamSA to the Rio Olympics 2016.

SASCOC and Telkom will be putting in a funding program for the athlete medalists from Rio (able bodied and para sports), which has been announced today.

The Olympic Flag flies in front of "Christ the Redeemer" statue during a blessing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

The Olympic Flag flies in front of “Christ the Redeemer” statue during a blessing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

The funding pool for the “Partners for Gold” Medal Incentive Program will be made available to:

  • Winning medalists (Gold, Silver and Bronze) from both the Olympic and Paralympic Teams participating at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
  • Winning medalists and Coaches will receive a share (according to a formula mutually agreed between SASCOC and Telkom, as to the level of distributions) from the final total funding pool.

President of SASCOC, Gideon Sam, said: “As we see positive selections come on stream leading into Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, it’s positive to also see brands like Telkom commit to the Olympic Team and Paralympic Teams for Rio.”

“We expect to be taking up to 230 athletes and officials to Rio and to send the Team requires such positive support of brands like Telkom”, noted Mr Sam.

Mr Sam added: “On the eve of our departure to the Rio Olympics, SASCOC could not have asked for better news. With this sponsorship, Telkom has shown confidence in TeamSA and will be embarking on a journey that will culminate at the Rio Olympics later this year.”

“Telkom is honoured to be able to partner with our national Olympics team as they test themselves in the world’s most demanding sporting competition. Their dedication to the Olympic motto of faster, higher, stronger, resonates with all of us as we strive to always be better than we were,” said Sipho Maseko, Telkom Group Chief Executive Officer.

“We are pleased that a South African company, with a history of service excellence and innovation that operates across Africa, has decided to reinvest in our sports men and women thereby ensuring that they perform at the highest level. This positive support will strengthen Telkom’s relationship with not only the athletes but also with SASCOC so that we together can invest in our future to produce world-class athletes”, said SASCOC Chief Executive, Tubby Reddy

Mr Reddy added: “SASCOC is delighted that Telkom are on board for Rio and welcome an organization with such a strong corporate foundation and enthusiastic commitment to our country and the Team. We are confident that this current partnership will grow and lead to a long-term relationship that will bring benefits to all parties”, he said.

“We would like to thank Telkom for their very timely sponsorship and we are confident that this will open the door for corporate South African to partner with us to develop South African sport”, he said

Reddy noted that “Telkom has had a proud history of being a Partner of various Olympic and Paralympic Teams over a long period of time in South Africa dating back to 1996 so it’s great to have a familiar friend of the Olympic and Paralympic family in our team of supporters again in such a positive way”.


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