Famed amongst our members for his elusive manner and athletic prowess, EUAC veteran Matt Blandford has achieved what few others have... the renowned title of Athlete of the Month. His attendance at track may go largely unnoticed by the sprinters and long distance runners of our club, but despite his all but aloof presence in the netted corners of Exeter Arena, train he most certainly does. Never one to miss a session, and always the first to leave and last to go at HP this guy certainly knows how to train. From breakfast dates with Sonya and Silver success in BUCS shot last weekend, Matt is definitely one to watch. In recognition of his feisty attitude to discus training and competition, I interviewed him in the hope of shedding some light onto his shadowy existence.
Tell us a bit about yourself. What do you study, what year are you in and what are your hobbies?
I'm in my second year studying mechanical engineering. My hobbies include lifting weights, avoiding social events and generally being an engineering nerd.
Have you always been into athletics? When did you take up discus/shot?
I've always played rugby and competed in Athletics. I started as a javelin thrower before injury pushed me in to discus. I have at no point, however, considered myself a shot putter!
How do you train?
I try not to over complicate things. lift a lot, throw a lot and most enjoyably, eat a lot.
EUAC athlete of the month, of course!
Well done on your silver at BUCS - what have you got your eyes set on next?
Thank you. Being an Olympic year there is not much else on so the domestic competitions will be my main focus. British champs and UK under 23's mainly. This season is about progression more than anything else.
Favourite EUAC memory?
Hard to say, I literally can't remember any socials... I did however have a lovely breakfast date with Sonya at BUCS indoors. There were some lovely melons at that breakfast buffet.
Cute. What are you hoping to do after University?
Most likely I will go to the city and get a job in engineering or investment banking.
Congratulations go out again to Matt for his recent BUCS success, what a brilliant start to the season and a great step on his path of progression! We look forward to seeing what BUCS outdoors has in store!