Terry Fox Shuen makes the play

(feature photo credit: Gerry Kahrmann / PNG)

For the past 4 years, Matthew Shuen has been honing his skills on the football field. First for the Jr. Bantam Coquitlam Vikings and Team BC, as well as playing the last three years for the the #CFC50 No. 7 ranked, Terry Fox Ravens.

The Ravens finished their season with a 10-0 final record (regular and post-season play). They played this past weekend in the BC Subway Bowl for the AAA Provincial final in which they won and defeated the Notre Dame Jugglers, 17-14 in OT. Shuen’s play in this game was key in that win with 1 touchdown and got to be a part of the 2016 AAA Provincial Championship team.

For Matthew, his favorite thing about football is the anticipatory rush before the play. “I enjoy the rush that you get as you line up waiting for the ball..anticipating what might happen.” It seems this athlete’s style is all his own. He admits he hasn’t tried to model his play after any professional football players and doesn’t have a favorite player in the next level of the sport.

Matthew plans to study Kinesiology and Sports Science after high school in addition to continuing to play football at the college level. His top picks for schools include the University of British Columbia, St. Francis Xavier, and the University of Saskatchewan. To this date, there has been no commitment made to any school, but there has been some unofficial interest shown by a few who have been in touch. Right now, he says he’s keeping his options open.

Matthew says for now the recruitment process has been very smooth. This fact furthers his belief that the transition to the next level will be equally as smooth. He says,

“I hope to be able to adapt quickly and easily at the next level. Although I feel like I might have a slow start, once I get into the grove it shouldn’t be a problem.”

With the latest achievement of recently being named to be the BC High School Provincial All-star Team as a runningback, the adjustment to the next level will definitely not be a problem.

To keep in top form during the off-season, Matthew plans to continue training at Twist Sports Conditioning as well as at his school gym.

#25 Matt Shuen

To get to this level in the game takes dedication, effort and lots of support. Having examples of this in day-to-day life is paramount to the development of a serious athlete. For Matthew, he says the most influential person in his life so far has to be his mom.

“I’d have to say my mom is the most influential in my life. She has taught me above and beyond how to be as a person. The strength and courage that she demonstrates day in and day out is unmeasurable. It’s one thing to tell and teach someone, but to lead by example and do it yourself is another.”

Matthew Shuen
5’8, 180lbs

Teams: Coquitlam Vikings Jr. Bantom, Team BC 2014, Terry Fox Ravens 
Official Visits: none
Commitment: none
Considerations: University of British Columbia, St. Francis Xavier, University of Saskatchewan, open
Class: 2017

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