Age 69, born in Breda, Holland in 1944,
Matty’s father was a design engineer and her mother a music teacher.
She has two brothers, is in her second marriage with David and they have one son.
Matty had two parallel careers. She started work on integrated circuit technology as a laboratory chemist in Nijmegen, then was an Analytical Chemist at the University of Nijmegen, working in Exobiology (studies of the Origins of Life). Following this she taught Maths for the Open University and she retired last year.
Her second career is in swimming. As a youngster she swam at National level. She helped found synchronised swimming in Holland and became Dutch national trainer and an international judge.
“I trained the synchronised swimming team that went to the Olympics in Los Angeles. When I moved to Belgium I became the Belgian National coach and went with them to the Olympics in Seoul in Korea.”
Since 2000 she has been a masters swimmer and competed at every World and European Championship. Matty loves to learn she is currently studying Art History on the Open University.
Amongst her many talents she can knit, do ceramics and can play the piano and mandolin.
She also loves her high heels!
“I don’t feel old at all. Sometimes I think they want to put you in a box, like I am an old age pensioner… I’M NOT! … I will have red hair till the end; I feel good with it.”