Brave Doncaster boy Bailey’s standing ovation for top award win

Simon Mackaness of Rudding Park, Bailey Matthews and Peter McCormick OBE.
Simon Mackaness of Rudding Park, Bailey Matthews and Peter McCormick OBE.

An inspirational youngster - who completed a triathlon despite having cerebral palsy - received a standing ovation as he picked up a prestigious award.

Doncaster boy Bailey Matthews, aged eight, overcame the odds to finish a 100 metre swim, 4km bike ride and 1.3km run in July. Hundreds of guests at the 2015 Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards rose to their feet at Leeds United’s Centenary Pavilion on November 19 as Bailey was named Personality of the Year.

The audience heard how competitors at the race at Castle Howard, North Yorkshire, stayed behind to watch the brave youngster fight his way to the finish line, despite falling on the way, and the subsequent video went viral, having hundreds of thousands of views. Mum Julie, a sports therapist, said: “He doesn’t really sit still long enough to watch sport, he would rather be doing it.”