The Bailey Matthews story

From his Castle Howard experience to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards, it’s been some year for Bailey Matthews. John Hardcastle, talks about the eight-year-old’s multisport journey and the indomitable spirit that’s made Bailey the talk of tri and beyond…


None of us could’ve expected that Bailey would make such an impact – but at the same time – what everybody saw on that Saturday in July at the Castle Howard tri was nothing that his family hadn’t seen before. I think it’s fair to say that we’ve all become desensitised to his indomitable spirit and ability to overcome.

It’s also fair to say that he hasn’t achieved any of this alone; there are many people who have played a huge part in creating the enigma that is Bailey Matthews!