Young hero set to lead Rhinos out for Dacia World Club Challenge

Leeds Rhinos will have an extra motivation for Sunday’s Dacia World Club Challenge against NRL Champions North Queensland Cowboys with 9-year-old Bailey Matthews set to lead the team out at Headingley Carnegie.

Bailey, who is from Doncaster, originally met the team at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in Belfast last Christmas. Bailey was the star of the show when he received the Helen Rollason award due to his incredible achievements in sport despite suffering with cerebral palsy. Bailey started doing park runs at Clumber Park in 2013 and last July he completed his first triathlon unaided at Castle Howard. Bailey has also been honoured at the Pride Of Britain awards 2015, and locally at the Yorkshire Awards, The Yorkshire Young Achievers Award and The Worksop Community Award. He and his family are currently in the process of setting up a charity called ‘Be More Bailey’ to help more children like Bailey get into sport.
 
Despite his disability, Bailey’s indomitable spirit is undeniable, and his love, passion and determination for sport drives him forwards, crossing the finish line no matter how long it takes him. We’re delighted to have him with us on Sunday and would like to extend a warm welcome to Bailey and all his family.

Bailey was a massive hit with the Rhinos players over in the Belfast, joining them on the dance floor at the post event celebrations. Rhinos star Adam Cuthbertson commented, "It will be great to see Bailey again. He is an incredible little boy and an inspiration to anyone who meets him."