A LITTLE ABOUT MAT

As a competitive IM swimmer in my youth I always felt comfortable in the water, fish like even, so as I stepped up for my first ever open water event in 2014 it was the most natural of transitions for me. I was in early recovery and I was so to speak ‘back home’. Unknown to me at the time, I had started a chain of events which would realise my transformation and lead me to where I am today and the inception of The Open Water Swimming Coach brand. 

I am the eldest of 4 siblings. I live with my partner Lucia in our apartment overlooking the sea in Leigh where I have lived for the past 22 years. I have 2 children, Amelia and Sebastian who are currently both at University. I’m a committed naturalist, and when not swimming in the Ocean, working or attempting a yoga practice with Lucia, I’m exploring local hedgerows and ancient woodland trails, either running or on my bike. My passion for the outdoors has no boundaries and my appetite for natural history is never exhausted, in fact it’s a driving force throughout my world of recovery.

Endurance athlete, dedicated mental health advocate and promotor of outdoor living. I practice the immersion of nature as a tonic towards a more peaceful head space and share my adventures through my blogs and short films. 

I openly share my thoughts and feelings on the topics most close to my heart; open water swimming, endurance, wellness and recovery. I wear my heart on my sleeve, I believe in being honest and authentic. I hope to inspire others to engage their innermost feelings, exploring themselves more freely where once they were blocked.

Recovery from addiction and alcoholism is the driving force of my outlook. The power to aid healing through words and actions a key focus and the common shared experiences that only true recognition and acceptance can highlight. ‘There is a solution’. I am a Swim England Teacher and Open Water Swimming Coach and always enjoy speaking with new people about my experience with open water swimming and recovery. I'm proud to be part of Blue Therapy Active and its ever growing community and I'll be down the beach if you ever wanna come say hi.

You can also get in touch with me using the details below. 

Peace

www.mathawkes.co.uk

www.facebook.com/atm.sekwah or www.facebook.com/mathawkestheopenwaterswimmingcoach

www.instagram.com/theopenwaterswimmingcoach

Helping Others
Doing What He Loves
Surfing
Relaxed and Chilled
Always Smiling
Hanging Out
Facing the Waves