Boomer's making some noise in support of Matthew Markell
PRESCOTT - Boomer's Sports Bar and Restaurant, in downtown Prescott, will be hosting a fundraising event for local Figure Skater Matthew Markell on Saturday, February 25. The event will begin at noon. Door prizes as well as a silent auction items will be up for grabs for those in attendance. Barry Greene will perform live from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., and A Bigger Hammer will perform from 9:00 p.m. -1:00 a.m. There is a $5 cover for the evening show.
"I am really looking forward to my upcoming fundraiser that is being hosted by Boomers Sports Bar and Restaurant. It's such a great opportunity, helping me to be able to continue to train and prepare. It is a great way for me to thank my supporters personally and it truly helps me, and my family, out with financial expenses for my skating moving forwards. I am hoping to qualify for next years Nationals which are in Vancouver, so that is one big expense that we are hoping to be able to cover with this event at Boomers," said Matthew.
The 16-year-old competitive figure skater and grade 11 student at South Grenville District High School recently competed at the Canadian Tire National Championships at TD Place in Ottawa. Competing for the first time in the Junior Men's division, Matthew finished in 15th place. This was Matthew's second year competing at the National competitive event. Matthew exceeded his personal goals and expectations in 2016, bringing home the Silver Medal in the Novice Men's division. He is also a four- time Skate Canada Challenge competitor, six- time Eastern Ontario Champion, and three- time Provincial Champion.
The talented figure skater has shown passion and dedication to the sport, as well as to others involved; giving back to his clubs and supporting his fellow competitors. He received the Skate Canada Eastern Ontario Competitive Skate Athlete Award for 2016. The award is presented to an individual who exhibits spirit, dedication, determination, has earned a top 10 finish at the sectional level, and is a positive role model for other athletes.
With the high cost of training, traveling, registration fees, accommodations, and competition fees, it is becoming more difficult for his family to manage the high cost. Proceeds from Boomers fundraising event will go to supplement these costs and allow Matthew to continue following his dreams.
"I am really looking forward to this upcoming season and I'm ready to get it started. This past season was a huge learning experience moving up to Junior and I know even though it was rough, it's going to make me an overall better skater and athlete," Markell said.