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Melanie Mathys waved goodbye to competitive sport

Melanie Mathys waved goodbye to competitive sport 25.11.2020

Swiss wildwater canoeing kayaker Melanie Mathys has announced her retirement from competitive sport. In her career she won medals at World and European Championships.

At the age of 26 kayaker Melanie Mathys has decided to end her successful sporting career and find new challenges in life.
"After much consideration, I’ve decided to retire from top level canoeing. This decision was by no means easy for me. For more than ten years I was able to fight for medals in this sport, experience many great competitions, discover beautiful places, make close friends and grow as a person. I really enjoyed it. I will miss the whole big canoeing family a lot. I’m so thankful for all the beautiful memories I will take with me from this stage of my life. Thanks for all the support, all the split times I’ve gotten from international coaches and the nice time we spent. I wish all you athletes and coaches the best on your journey and good luck for the next races! And hey girls, it was a pleasure to compete against you," Melanie wrote on her Facebook page.
In her career, she did not only excel in Junior age categories where she became Junior World Champion, but also had a lot of success in senior level events. In 2019, she became European Champion in classic event and finished second in sprint final. She was also third in sprint at the 2017 European Championships in Skopje. In addition, there are three more individual medals from World Championships in her collection. She was second in 2013 in sprint, and third in sprint in 2016 and third in classic in 2018. She also has six medals from classic and sprint team events of European and World Championships.