Kenora's Gabe Mastromatteo has added another gold to his collection. He was part of the first-place Team Ontario, during last night's 4 x 100 men's medley relay.

He now has three gold and a silver at the games. Still, the 15-year-old is hoping the best is yet to come.

"I mean, I have junior world's in a couple of weeks," he said humbly. "So, I wasn't really rested, and it wasn't really my focus meet for the summer."

Over the next couple of weeks, he explains he'll be preparing for the meet in Indianapolis later this month. On the team roster, he's listed right before Olympic medallist Penny Oleksiak.

At the same time, Mastromatteo enjoyed meeting different people at the Summer Games, who came from some very different places. He even spent time with the golf team from the Northwest Territories.

"That was pretty cool," he said. "It was a big change for them."

As for the competition in Winnipeg, Mastromatteo noted he'd already raced against some of the top athletes, so he didn't feel too nervous. However, it won't be the same in a couple of weeks.

"I'm excited for junior worlds, when it'll be a complete different experience," he added.

A big part of Team Ontario in Winnipeg was also cheering on teammates in other sports, along with lots of eating, of course. In Indianapolis, it'll be a bigger stage.

While Mastromatteo got the chance to visit the city in the spring, the 15-year-old says there's much more on the line this time around.

"I'm just kind of approaching it with open eyes, seeing what the world of international swimming is like," he said. "It should give me an idea of what swimming will look like in a couple of years."

In the meantime, at the end of August, Mastromatteo hopes to be more focused on fewer events, and he hopes to be less fatigued.

"I was dead tired," he said, referring to the Canada Games.

Another advantage to his spring to Indianapolis was the chance to meet his role model, Adam Peaty. The British swimmer won the world title in the 100 m and 50 m breastroke earlier this year.

"I've always wanted to be as good as he is, and when I found out he was great guy and all around nice guy, it was nice," he added. 

MastromatteosMimi and Taz Mastromatteo join their coach and mom, Janet Hyslop, at the rec centre pool. (File photo)Closer to home, Mastromatteo was diplomatic, when asked what it's like to have his mom travel with him as his coach.

"It's an experience. It's not a bad thing. There's also the challenges of her just being my mother," he said.

However, he added it was good to have a coach who was easy to talk to, when he needed advice for training or racing.

Swimming Sharks head coach Janet Hyslop qualified for the Olympic trials as a swimmer, before attending the Sydney games as a coach for a paralympian.

Hyslop's coaching career may keep her busy for a few years yet, as there are two more swimmers in the Mastromatteo family on their way up. Gabe's younger sister, Mimi, and his younger brother, Taz, are also on their way.

When asked about the possibility of competition and sibling rivalry, Gabe says he still has more than a foot of height on his brother, Taz, so he's not too worried about it.

For more information:

Mastromatteo sets record, takes gold

Mastromatteo family a swimming force

Condorelli skips worlds

Sixth FINA World Junior Swimming Championships

 

 

 

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