Matt Duff: Power and Heart

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Matheson Duff can be described as a typical thirteen year-old, a good student who loves sports. Matt can also be described as an exceptional thirteen year-old. A ‎straight “A” student in grade eight at Mitchell Woods Public School. Matt received top-male student honours in his grade 7 class as well. Matt is also a member of the band, a volunteer coach for Special Olympics and a mentor for a younger student with special needs. Matt plays AAA Hockey for the Guelph Junior Gryphons as well as Tier 1 Baseball for the GMBA Royals. It is baseball though that has put Matt on a journey that just keeps getting better.

Over the fall of 2013 and winter of 2014 Matt trained with the Ontario Blue Jays in their 15U Development program. The O.B. Jays are one of the premier baseball programs in Canada for 18 and under ball players. This high level of training prepared Matt for the 2014 season, and what a season it was! Batting .565 with 4 home runs Matt proved to be a huge offensive force not just within the ICBA but in the province as well. Matt was invited to play for the London Badgers at the National Peewee Championships in London Ont. Where he won a bronze medal. Matt was also a member of the ICBA Peewee All-star, winning gold defeating YSBA in the finals of the Peewee All-star tournament in Newmarket.

His prowess with the bat also earned a suggestion from the Ontario Blue Jays that Matt represent Canada at the Future Stars (12-14 year old group) competition at the Power Showcase in Miami. Currently Matheson is the only Canadian in the Future Stars division. Matt is also listed as one of the West division pitchers. The POWER SHOWCASE All-World/All-American Baseball Classic held at Marlin’s park in Miami Florida December 28th, 2014- January 2nd, 2015 seeks to celebrate one of the finest moments in sports, the Home Run, while providing a platform for the top power hitting prospects from 22 countries around the world to demonstrate their overall skill-set in a major league stadium in front of baseball’s top evaluators. All four days of this prestigious event are being broadcast/streamed live, world-wide – http://www.power-showcase.com.

If that is not enough, Matt’s heart is as big as his 6’-3” frame. Looking to make a difference in the lives of children in the KidsAbility program throughout Waterloo Region and Guelph-Wellington Matt teamed up with this year’s KidsAbility Ambassador Emmanuel, a 12-year-old boy with arthrogryposis and confined to a wheel chair. Inspired by Emmanuel, Matt hopes to raise $1,000 so that more kids have the opportunity to be a part of KidsAbility.

Matheson’s KidsAbility donation page is available at: http://tinyurl.com/n5ef3wu