A beautiful northern view

Hi my name is Matthew Allen, and I’m the new sports reporter in Prince Rupert.

My name is Matthew Allen, and spending some time in your town has been a pleasure. As someone who has spent a considerable amount of time driving through the country, I have to say that the B.C. mountains provide some of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen.

I was born in London, England and arrived in Prince Rupert after pit stops in Cambridge, Waterloo, Guelph, London, South Korea, Hamilton, London (again), Ottawa, North Bay and Athabasca. I understand how my travel history makes me look like a restless wanderer, but I’m hoping Prince Rupert is a place I can stay for a while.

I grew up playing basketball, soccer and football on my high school teams, and have remained active ever since. Sports are my way of burning off stress and staying sane, so you might see me out for an early morning jog or playing in a pickup game at the local gym.

Music is also an important part of my life. I learned to play trombone when I was seven-years-old and recently played in a community band. I also play acoustic guitar, and hope to learn how to play the bass and drums one day.

Other than that, I enjoy a hearty meal, a good book, a well-composed photograph, some pleasant company, a good laugh and thought-provoking conversation.

I am looking forward to being your sports and community reporter. Writing about people being active, having fun, competing hard and doing what they love is a pleasure, and I’m incredibly fortunate to be able to do what I love in such a picturesque setting.

If you see me wandering aimlessly around town with my camera in the weeks and months to come, I’m probably lost, so please come and say hello.

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