Mattie wows festival as he whips up his bid for sporting gold
MULTI-TALENTED Mattie Reynolds could be a contender in an international sporting competition that’s on a par with the Paralympics. But if he’s to make it to the event in Canada in August, he’s going to need lots of help from the South Bristol community.
Pictured: Mattie singing at the Totterdown music festival, and his mum Marilyn collecting for his August tournament in Canada
Mattie's performance at the Festival is on our YouTube channel.
MULTI-TALENTED Mattie Reynolds could be a contender in an international sporting competition that’s on a par with the Paralympics.
Mattie, 15, from Knowle, has a rare genetic condition which restricts his growth, called spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita, or SEDC for short.
This makes it difficult for him to play team games at school. But he’s been selected for the Paralympic development teams for sailing and swimming, and he competes in all kinds of sports, from football to track and field.
Now he’s got a place at the World Dwarf Games in Guelph, Canada, in August. The problem: he needs £3,500 to get there and pay for fees and accommodation.
Mattie attended the last games for Great Britain in Michigan, US, in 2013, winning eight gold medals, and he’s really keen to compete again, in as many events as possible.
“I could just specify one sport but I always think I may as well do all of it,” he says. He enters track and field, hockey, badminton and more, “but swimming is my main thing,” he says.
It may be his last chance to enjoy the same success, because he will have an operation on his spine next year, and he’s been warned his mobility may not be so good afterwards.
Generous Totterdown estate agent Greenwoods has already given £200.
And Bristol Rugby are hoping to donate some sporting items to a dinner and auction evening on July 15 – see panel.
Jon Evans, landlord of the Oxford pub in Totterdown, held a barbecue as soon as heard about Mattie’s ambition, raising £100.He also invited Mattie to sing for a second time at the Totterdown Music festival outside the Oxford on June 10, after Mattie wowed the crowds last year.
Mr Evans donated the proceeds of his reusable festival glasses, raising £270, and a collection in the crowd boosted the total by £268 more. More than £1,200 has been collected so far. If you’d like to help Mattie see the Justgiving page, below.
SINGING AND A SUPPER
July 1 The Galleries shopping centre – Mattie sings at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm;
July 1 Arnos Vale cemetery, Spielman Centre – Mattie and friends sing and play, 3-4.30pm;
July 15 7 Winton Street (above Patco), 7pm: Mattie’s mum Marilyn cooks a Moroccan/Mediterranean meal, with music, raffle, auction including Bristol Rugby items.