Ski Jumper Profile: Matt Rowley
What do insurance, ski jumping and ‘Finding Nemo’ have in common?
At the age of 21, Canadian Olympian Matt Rowley has his sights set on a couple of things: Olympics in Korea and mastering the world of insurance.
When most people his age are graduating from university and just beginning their careers, he already understands what it takes to balance the demand of a competitive sport with the demands of work. But what many Canadians don’t know about our Olympic athletes is that the funding they receive is little-to-nothing. Living as an Olympic athlete isn’t all glitz and glam. In fact, Rowley appreciates just how difficult and disappointing it can be – especially with circumstances that are out of his control. Athletes can train hard and do everything possible to set them up for success, but when it comes to financial burdens, they have no control. Rowley knows the feeling that comes with missing out on sport events due to financial constraints. Despite working, this year he had to pass up a trip to the World Championships due to lack of funding. But, like most elite athletes he has continued on.
In 2012 he placed 29th in the Summer Grand Priz in Hinterzarten, Germany. And went on to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
He took 31st place in the Oberstdorf World Cup in Germany at the Four Hills Tournament and though ski jumping has begun winding down for the season, he will continue training throughout the off-season, while balancing the demands of a career in insurance.
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