The Richard Whiteley Award was presented to Bailey Matthews by Kathryn Apanowicz.
The Richard Whiteley Award was presented to Bailey Matthews by Kathryn Apanowicz.

Richard Whiteley Award 2015

Bailey Matthews

Winner Bailey Matthews presented by Kathryn Apanowicz.

Bailey Matthews was born nine weeks early and diagnosed at 18 months old with a form of cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that affects movement and co-ordination.

His journey to taking on one of the country’s most difficult triathlon course at Castle Howard started when his father, Jonathan Matthews, himself a keen tri-athlete, started pushing him in a wheelchair round a five kilometre course at a weekly Park Run event.

The 47-year-old, from Doncaster, then adapted a walking frame so Bailey, who needs regular physiotherapy to help with his mobility, could get round the course himself.

He soon expressed the desire to take on a triathlon, and embarked on training using a bike fitted with special stabilisers and trips to a local lake to practice swimming and on 26th July this year 8 year old Bailey completed his first Triathlon. He even abandoned his walking aid at the very end to complete the event, but not without a few tumbles.

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