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Cantabrian and Olympian Matt Hutchins announces his retirement from competitive swimming

Rio Olympian, and Swimming Canterbury West Coast member, Matt Hutchins has announced his retirement from competitive swimming.

Matt released the following statement:

Today I have chosen to walk away from competitive swimming. Swimming has been the major part of my life since I was 13 years old and the idea that it will no longer take up every part of my life is new to me.

However, it has reached a point where I no longer find the joy in the early mornings and the overall grind of training and competition.

Swimming has given me the chance to meet so many great people from coaches to teammates to parents to just general fans of the sport, and I am truly grateful for the impact they have all had on my life.

Swimming has given me the chance to do so many things I never thought I would growing up. I have represented my country at the highest level, travelled to amazing locations around the world, and have had the opportunity to live in one of the coolest cities and represent the best schools for the past 4 years.

I won't lie and say that I have achieved everything I have wanted, or that I don't believe I have anything physically left to give. I would have loved to continue to represent my country at the highest level, however, I know my heart and my mind are not in the sport to where I can truly keep giving the effort required to make it another four years.

Being a swimmer will always be a huge part of me, and the memories and friendships I have made will stay with me for a life time.

Matt currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he swims for the Wisconsin Badgers. and has made his mark on the Badgers record books in the 500, 1000 and 1650 Freestyle, and earned three All-America honors at the 2016 and 2017 NCAA Championships. Matt will graduate in May.

As a member the Wharenui Swim Club, Matt is a regional and national open and age group record holder.

At the 2017 NZ Open Championships he won four national titles in the 1500m, 800m and 400m freestyle and shared the 200m freestyle title with Matt Stanley after a dead head in the final.

Matt, congratulations on all of your amazing achievements. You have set the standard for Swimming Canterbury West Coast swimmers, while proving that dreams can and do come true if you are driven, dedicated, and willing to work hard.

All our best wishes for your future endeavours, whatever they may be.