Matthew Walthert  

Freelance Writer

Featured Story:

November 10, 2018

Runner-up for PWAC's 2019 Best Feature Article Award!

This story explores the life of Scotty Davidson, the captain of Toronto's first Stanley Cup team, and the mystery surrounding his death on the Western Front. And how former Prime Minister Stephen Harper got the story wrong!

And here are some other things I've written:

Renaissance Runners

Canadian Running; July/August 2018

How does it feel to race against one of the fastest men in the world? What if he is also your teammate? Those are the questions that inspired this story on Andre de Grasse's relay teammates and how they challenge and inspire one another.

Going Out on Top

Bleacher Report; April 7, 2015

The fact that Jim Clark won his final three grands prix fascinated me, but not much had been written about his last F1 race. I spoke with five of the eight surviving drivers from that 1968 grand prix, as well as a number of other people who were there or knew Clark, to piece the story together.

Volkan Oezdemir Has No Time to Waste in Pursuit of UFC Glory

VICE Sports; January 18, 2018

I spent two days in Miami with the UFC's first Swiss fighter as he was training for a title bout with Daniel Cormier. He gave me incredible access to his life (in part, I think, because of our shared heritage) from the gym, to his home, to a medical appointment, and the result is this in-depth profile.

The Day American Pharoah Lost

VICE Sports; August 31, 2015

I watched American Pharoah win the Triple Crown in the press room at the Canadian Grand Prix, while the British journalists were watching the Champions League, and I knew I needed to write about him. I just needed an angle. The media and fan frenzy surrounding him provided it.

Open Mic Night at the Hubble Telescope

VICE Motherboard; April 24, 2015

Just before Hubble's 25th anniversary, I came across a brief Wikipedia reference to amateur astronomers that got to use the space telescope during its early days. I tracked a few of them down and for one, as I discovered, it was his first time using any telescope.

Formula 1 Track Walk

Bleacher Report; June 28, 2016

Each Thursday before an F1 grand prix, the drivers walk the circuit with their engineers. But what are they actually looking for and how does it help them in the race? I embedded with Pascal Wehrlein and the Manor team to find out.

Neglected Victory

Canadian Military History; Winter 2010

This started out as a paper for an Honours History seminar on a battle fought by the Canadian Corps in 1917 that had been largely overlooked and forgotten.

Unfortunately, my professor—who provided lots of advice and guidance with this piece—was writing a book at the same time that covered the battle. He scooped me.

Montreal's Legendary F1 Circuit Is Part of the Canadian Grand Prix Allure

VICE Sports; June 13, 2017

A look back—and into the future—at what makes the Canadian Grand Prix so special. I interviewed Gerald Donaldson, the man who inspired me to want to write about F1, for this story.

The NHL should learn from its 'socialist' cousin, the NFL

The Globe and Mail; November 21, 2012

The article that relaunched my freelance career. After a presentation in a Masters course at Carleton, our professor suggested we write an op-ed on the NHL lock-out. This was the result.

Meet the goalscoring Swiss defender Premier League clubs are queueing for this summer

FourFourTwo; May 30, 2014

FFT took a chance on me with this short profile of up-and-comer Fabian Schär, as I'd never written about soccer before.

And this piece led to several more commissions to write about Swiss soccer for them.

It's Worth Keeping the Grand Prix

Montreal Gazette; June 3, 2013

An argument that the benefits of keeping the Canadian GP in Montreal significantly outweigh the costs. Also my first (and only) story in Canada's oldest daily newspaper.

Meet the Amateur Comet Hunter Who Out-Gazes the Big Telescopes
VICE Motherboard; January 12, 2015

Amateur comet hunters are being edged out by massive, professional telescope arrays, but Australian Terry Lovejoy is a throwback to the days of Charles Messier—and a pretty successful one.

Ferrari Fans Welcome Sebastian Vettel to the Team During Fiorano Test Session

Bleacher Report; December 7, 2014

Ferrari fans were literally climbing the fences at Sebastian Vettel's first Ferrari test to catch a glimpse of their new star. I tracked a few of them down for this column—great fun to report and write.