Just before 8-year-old Bailey Matthews completed a triathlon, the little boy with cerebral palsy abandoned his walker to cross the finish line.
Matthews competed in the Castle Howard Triathlon — his first ever — on Saturday in North Yorkshire, England. For children Matthews’ age, the race consists of a 100-meter lake swim, 4,000-kilometer bike ride and 1,300-meter run.
As Matthews rounded the corner in the final stretch of the race, he tossed off his walker and finished out race unaided while the crowd cheered him on.
His mom Julie Hardcastle tells The Yorkshire Post, “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.” Read more…