An Unexpected Athlete Finishes Triathlon

Jul 28, 2015 at 5:56 pm |

Boy With Cerebral Palsy Finishes Triathlon

It seems like too often these days we hear negative news – news about natural disasters, racial hate crimes, government corruption. It’s refreshing when we get to see news that’s uplifting and reminds us how much good there is in the world, like the piece we have here.

Bailey Matthews is an eight-year-old boy from Nottinghamshire, England. Matthews was born with cerebral palsy, a congenital disorder that disrupts development in movement, muscle tone, and posture. But Matthews wasn’t about to let his condition get in his way.

Matthews was cheered across the finish line as he threw aside his walking aid and finished the last leg of his 100 meter swim, 4,000 meter bike, and 1.300 meter run, all on his own.

“You can see his little face when he came round and saw everyone, that was his way of finishing in style and showing everyone what he could do. It was the response from the crowd that pushed him to do that,” said Matthew’s mother Julie Hardcastle in an interview with the Yorkshire Post.

“He has always struggled with getting dressed, things that parents of other children take for granted, he does struggle with, just every day things are more difficult for him, but he never lets it bother him. He doesn’t see himself as different to anyone else,” Julie said.

Despite these setbacks, Matthews was determined to overcome his life’s obstacles and achieve his dream of competing in a triathlon – just like his dad.

Watch the inspiring video here, and be sure to share this bit of positive news with your friends to brighten their day.

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At the beginning of the video, I was intrigued. By 0:28, I was in tears.