Child with cerebral palsy finishes another junior triathlon

A schoolboy with cerebral palsy, who was previously presented with a Pride of Britain Award after completing a children’s triathlon, has finished the course for a second time.

Nine-year-old Bailey Matthews tackled the 100metre swim, 4km bike ride and a 1.3km run at the weekend, shaving seven minutes off his time last year.

He crossed the finish line in York to a deafening reception from the crowd.

Proud dad Jonathan said: “He’s given 100 per cent. He never talks or brags about it, he never even mentions it, he just gets on with life and working hard to be a great triathlete.

“I don’t think he fully understands just what an achievement it is, we can’t wait for the next event in France.”

Footage of the little boy throwing away his walking frame to cover the final 20 yards at the 2015 event was posted online and to date has been viewed more than 27 million times on Facebook.

Bailey’s heroics were subsequently recognised at the Pride of Britain ceremony and BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.

Organisers were delighted by the news that the youngster would be tackling the challenge once again.

Brian Adcock, race director for the Castle Triathlon Series, said: “We were delighted to welcome Bailey to our entire series this year and were so excited to see that now-famous smile and example setting determination again.

“Bailey is an inspirational figure for many and a great example that sport is for everyone.”

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