Richard Whiteley Award 2015
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.