Marco Mattes (28) is a rower of the Mainzer Rowing-Club and was able to earn some sporting success in his youth. Since 2008 he is coaching children and adults as a personal trainer and is also the main organizer of the charity regatta "rowing agains cancer" in Mainz.
As a half Swiss he is addicted to the mountains and that's why he also loves to teach as a professional ski-instructor in the ski-school wagrain, like he will do in this winter again. In the summer times, he likes to travel as a supervisor with youth leisures of the Sportjugend of Landessportbundes Rheinland-Pfalz. Born with strong affinities for sports and travel, looks like he has been made for the trip on the Rhine.
But in the middle of 2017 he had a horrible bike accident, from which he tries to recover ever since. The trip on the Rhine will be his final step to achieve full rehabilitation.
The cooperation partner
Foundation Leben mit Krebs (live with cancer)
With the project "Rhinerowing against cancer" by Marco Mattes, the foundation combines the possibility to support children, who are in need cause of a cancer disease. Therefore, the foundation (CEO Mr. Klaus Schrott) supports the unusual project and personal commitment of its employee.
the patroness and patron
Julia Klöckner & Michael Ebling
"Marco Mattes will ride the entire Rhine from Bregenz to Rotterdam in a very personal project, aiming to raise money to improve the quality of life of cancer patients. His event is closely linked to the great rowing tradition in Mainz. On June the 1st 2019, he will arrive in Mainz from Mannheim, where at the end of the day's stage at the Mainz Rowing Club there will be a big party. As a patron, I am already looking forward to the event!"
Lord Mayor of the state capital Mainz