Athlete of the Month: Kyle Grummett and John Matthews

Pro Motion is happy to announce our October Athlete of the Month, Kyle Grummett and John Matthews

Kyle is a very accomplished golfer in the Special Olympics program who recently won the gold medal in the top flight at the Canadian National Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia in August, 2018.  John is the Head Coach of the golf program with the Kelowna Special Olympics local which now has almost 40 athletes at various levels of skill.  He is also Kyle’s personal caddy at provincial and national level competitions.

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How did you two get your start with golf? 

Kyle: I was introduced to the game by my Dad in Estevan, Saskatchewan when I was 3 or 4 years old.

John: I started at 11 years old when my uncle introduced me to the game at his home course of Capilano Golf and Country Club in North Vancouver.

If you could golf any course in the world which one would it be and why?

Kyle: Augusta where the Master’s is played.  Just to walk over the bridge at Amen Corner would be awesome.  My second option would be Payne Stewart’s course because he is my favourite golfer.

John: St. Andrews in Scotland since it is the birthplace of the game.  

How did you meet each other? 

We met three years ago in the Kelowna Special Olympics golf program which was John’s first year as head coach.

Favourite part about competing in the Canadian National Games?

Kyle: All the people I get to meet from different parts of the country and the world.

What was the most unexpected part of the National games?

Kyle: Getting enough time to see other sports and socialize with athletes from other provinces.

Favourite olympic event other then golf?

Kyle: Basketball.  I also play this sport in the Kelowna Special Olympics program.  I really enjoy the team experience and camaraderie.

What is your favourite activity in Kelowna?

Kyle: Kelowna Rockets hockey and Okanagan Sun football.  Close second is fishing.

John: Golf and boating in no particular order.  I love being on the lake and on the course.

What are 3 things on your bucket list?

Kyle: Deep sea fishing, visit Australia, see The Masters in person and go to a Winnipeg Jets hockey game.  (Whoops that is 4)

Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.

Kyle: I have golfed with Graham DeLaet who is a PGA golfer from Canada.

Tell us your best piece of life advice.

Kyle: It’s just a game of golf.  If you can’t shake the hand of your opponent and still be friends, you’ve missed the point. (Payne Stewart quote)

John: During memorable events, live in the moment and enjoy the experience to the fullest.