By ABC 7 News
Bailey Matthews, an 8-year-old with cerebral palsy competing in a triathlon, had already earned the crowd’s cheers as he neared the finish line. Then he cast aside his walker.
In a emotional final stretch of the Castle Howard Triathlon in England, the little boy smiled as he pushed himself forward, let go of his walker and stumbled across the finish line. The announcer gave a running commentary as hundreds of spectators cheered on Bailey.
“He shows us all up, ladies and gentlemen,” the announcer said. “He shows us what is possible when you get together, and you’ve got heart, and you’ve got soul, and you’ve got determination. And you’re gonna make it to the finish line, Bailey Matthews.”