A dedicated water polo player who has his sights set firmly on representing Great Britain in the Olympics is the latest recipient of the £250 Forfar Roof Truss sponsorship cheque, run in conjunction with the Dispatch and Herald.
Matthew Crighton (15) of Castle Street is a member of the Scotland Junior Water Polo Team and plays at under 18 and under 16 level.
The cost of my training and competitions last year was around £3,000.Matthew Crighton
His love of the sport has taken him to numerous competitions, including Walsall last weekend.
His dedication will take him to Malta in April, Hungary in July and Spain in September.
In the last year he has attended a training camp in Hungary, represented Scotland in the BWMP Cup in Andorra, Tri-Nations tournament in Swansea and the North Sea Cup in Walsall.
He said: “I have also played for Scotland in the Scottish Senior Men’s League. I also play for Menzieshill Whitehall Swimming and Water Polo Club in under 16s, under 18s and Senior Men’s team. This involves playing in three different leagues across Scotland.
“As part of Menzieshill under 18s team we won the Scottish Cup in 2014 as well as our league.
“I also play for Scottish Caledonia under 18s and under 16s. We enter games in the British League and I am playing in Walsall as part of this team.”
Matthew is dedicated to his training regime and trains six to seven days a week in Dundee and Forfar.
On Fridays he trains in Edinburgh and plays games on Saturdays and Sundays. On the Sundays he doesn’t have a game he trains.
He is the youngest member of the Scotland Junior Squad.
Matthew took up the sport two years ago and joined the Scotland squad in September 2013. He captained Scotland under 16s in a friendly against Northern Ireland and will be captain of the team again this year.
He said: “I enjoy being captain as I like to encourage the other players so that we can do well.
“I am also a member of Forfar Amateur Swimming Club and I swim competitively for them. I have just been made captain of the club. Last year I won all my races in the Premier League and hope to do the same again this year.
“Water polo is a very expensive sport and the only funding my parents get is £300 per year from Angus Council. The cost of my training and competitions last year was around £3,000. I would use this money to put towards the cost of my summer training camp in Hungary in June at a cost of around £500. I am looking forward to the training camp and the coach is one of Hungary’s top coaches so I will learn a lot.”
Matthew achieved a Young Achievers award from Angus Council last year and won swimmer of the year at his swimming club.
He concluded: “I want to play water polo professionally when I am older and I would love to represent Great Britain in the Olympics.”