Stonewall's Mattson captures five medals at WCSG

Stonewall's Erik Mattson, a Special Olympics swimmer who trains with the St. James Seals swim club, earned five medals at the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask. (Photo credit: Facebook/Special Olympics Manitoba)

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Stonewall’s Erik Mattson has become one of the most decorated athletes of the Western Canada Summer Games after earning five medals — two silver and three bronze — in the pool.

Mattson, who trains out of the St. James Seals swim club, won his first medal on Aug. 10, a bronze medal in the Special Olympics male 100 metre backstroke at one minute 36.81 seconds. He won two more bronze medals the next day in both the 50m backstroke at 44.81 seconds and the 50m butterfly at 47.89 seconds. Mattson won his fourth medal of the WCSG by winning silver in the 100m freestyle with a time of 1:15.48 and followed it up with another silver in the 50m freestyle at 34.86 seconds.

“It feels pretty good to be a Games medallist,” Mattson said, after winning his second medal, in an email to The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times. “The 100m was kinda hard and really tiring. The 50m backstroke was a close race, but it’s kind of fun to get two medals. I’m pretty happy.”

The Western Canada Summer Games come to a close on Aug. 18.