Meet the Athlete: Matt Bera
Albert Lea senior forward decides to take up swimming
Q: What year are you in school?
Q: What school do you attend?
A: Albert Lea.
Q: Who is your immediate family?
A: My mother is Sandy, father is Bob and I have two older brothers Nick and Stephen.
Q: What sports are you involved in?
A: Soccer, and I’m going to be in swimming this year too. I’ve been playing soccer all four years, but this will be my first year swimming. I thought I’d try something new.
Q: What is your favorite part of playing soccer?
A: I just love playing soccer — just the rush of it and being able to be out on the field to do amazing things.
Q: What has playing soccer taught you?
A: It’s taught me that no matter what, you always need to keep going. Even if the score is against you, you need to keep going with your head held high.
Q: What number are you?
A: No. 22.
Q: How did you get started in soccer?
A: I started playing when I was 4. It clicked, and I kept going through it.
Q: What sports did your family members play?
A: My brother Nick plays soccer at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, and my brother Stephen used to play soccer at Albert Lea. My dad played soccer and was in wrestling.
Q: What are your sports-related achievements?
A: I won an award for being the most positive group member.
Q: What are your sports-related goals?
A: I want to score at least one goal during the section playoffs. Hopefully, we can make it all all the way through.
Q: What are your college plans?
A: It’s a tie between Winona State University and Bethany Lutheran College. I’ll be going for accounting, and I’ll also play soccer in my spare time.
Q: Who is your favorite professional athlete? Why?
A: David Beckham. It’s amazing what he can do. He has a lot of moves.
Q: What is your favorite school subject?
A: Choir. I love to sing, and I like the Beatles.
Q: Who is your favorite teacher?
A: Neal Skaar. He’s an amazing teacher, and he’s helped me a lot in math and English.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I love to act. I’m in theatre right now.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: Accounting, because it comes easy to me. Once I get the formulas, I can figure it out.
Q: What is your favorite TV show?
A: “Mythbusters.” It’s interesting to see if the things they look into are plausible or not.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Meat-lovers pizza.
Q: What is an interesting fact about you?
A: I like to wear kilts, and I have one from England.