Name: Matt Reid
Hails from: Vancouver (False Creek)
Athletic background: Hockey, Baseball, Soccer, VolleyBall, Basketball, Cross-Country, Track and Field. Basically everything until I stuck with Hockey full time.
Competitive Sport – Jr. A Hockey (3 yrs), University Hockey (5yrs), Professional Hockey (2yrs).
My favourite: coach, teacher or mentor, what they taught me – give me a shining moment/memory:
George Cochrane – My coach in Junior (18 yrs – 20 yrs), always preached “Personal Accountability and Responsibility” a lesson that we all need to understand and work into life. Coles notes – OWN YOUR ACTIONS AND THE RESULTS OF THOSE ACTIONS
Glory days! My favourite athletic memory:
Everything involved in competitive hockey (Junior A, University, Pro).
The Life: Training, Competing, and being part of something bigger than yourself. Friendships and experiences to remember for a lifetime. This period of my life helped me develop into the person that I am today and I owe a lot to the game.
Personally: stepping out on the Ice in both my first University game and my first professional game, both were checking off major milestones in my life, a realization of personal goals.
My biggest athletic heartbreak, and what I learned:
Being cut from the PeeWee AAA team (12 years old). I was heartbroken that I was no longer in the “elite” group. This taught me a lot about how life “isn’t fair”, and that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to be considered an elite athlete.
My family taught me:
You get what you earn in life. If you work hard, and treat people well, you will probably end up in a pretty good place in life.
Currently working on (goals, events, PRs, whatever you like!):
Excited to be through the summer and a very busy social calendar. I am excited to be taking on the 40/40 challenge and look forward to getting back into good physical form for my winter activities.
My wish for each of our athletes:
To find something that they are passionate about that is fitness related. I want people to experience a high from fitness no matter what form it takes. If that means doing a class that makes you forget about your work stress, great! If that is doing an endurance event you never thought you could finish, that is awesome too!