Gabe Mastromatteo of the Kenora Swimming Sharks has received a $1,500 bursary from the Victor Davis Memorial Fund.
The 14-year-old had a standout performance at the 2016 Canadian Age Group Championships in Calgary last summer, setting a national record for his age in the 100-metre breaststroke. He also won golds in the 50 and 200-metre breaststroke, and the 200 and 400-metre individual medley.
The fund was established in memory of Davis, who had a storied swimming career before his untimely passing at the age of 25 in 1989.
Mastromatteo was one of six recipients of this year's bursaries. The fund has awarded bursaries totalling $161,500 to help offset training costs for 134 athletes, many of whom have gone on to represent Canada at Olympics and other international events.
This month, Mastromatteo will be in Florida for a training camp with Team Ontario.
Locally, 14 Swimming Sharks members hit the pool in Thunder Bay this weekend for the Regional Championships along with eight other teams from the Northwest Region.
It's the first team meet of the season for the Sharks.
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