A talented sportsman from Roker is ready for his biggest challenge yet after being selected for an elite championship in Chicago next month.
Matthew Fearn, 21, has been chosen to represent Great Britain at the World Aquathlon Championships at the Millennium Park on September 16.
The Northumbria University student will be classified in the under-23 elite category, but will be involved in the same race as senior athletes from across the world.
Aquathlon involves swimming and running, and Matthew got into the sport after taking up triathlon – which also involves cycling – four years ago.
He has competed in age category events in Madrid and Geneva this year, but to qualify for this event represents his greatest achievement to date.
However, he has had to pay for his travel and accommodation himself, which has come to about £1,500 overall, and he would now like some financial support to help him secure his goals.
This is the biggest opportunity I’ve had in the sport, so it is a great thing for me to be involved inMatthew Fearn
Matthew, a graphic design student, said: “This is the biggest opportunity I’ve had in the sport, so it is a great thing for me to be involved in.
“It’s really nerve-wracking as well, because it’s the highest standard I’ve competed in yet.
“It’s the elite level, so I’ll be coming up against professionals who train for this every day. It’s their career.
“It will be a really good challenge for me, and I’m looking forward to it.
“It has been very difficult to fund this, though, and I’ve had to use some of my savings.
“British Triathlon contribute the entry fee and get you your kit, but you have to pay for the flights and accommodation yourself, and I had to do it at short notice.
“Because of that, I’m always looking for support and sponsorship, and would really appreciate any help towards this.”
Anyone interested in sponsoring Matthew can email: email@example.com