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Nathan Overcomes Cerebral Palsy to Become Britain's First Wheelchair Referee

By Laura Heads

A teenager with cerebral palsy has become Britain’s first wheelchair referee. Nathan Mattick, 19, said he feared a hard time from players and managers but has had no problems.

He takes charge of able-bodied and disabled players from his electric wheelchair and said: “People with disabilities can do what able-bodied people do.

“You occasionally get nasty words but you get on with it. It’s important you respect every person.”

He said his biggest problem was when the weather was freezing as his chair could get stuck. Nathan of Cheltenham, Glos, qualified with his county FA to officiate at five and nine-a-side games and disability league matches.

It said: “We are delighted to support Nathan in achieving his dream.”

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