18 year old Matthew Bailey could soon be playing cricket for England, as a member of the England Deaf Cricket Team in the Deaf Cricket World Cup.
Matthew Bailey has had severe hearing loss since he was 3, and is making a name for himself as a fast bowler.
He has recently completed a BTEC extended diploma in Sport Development, Coaching & Fitness. He wears hearing aids and has had note-takers in classes. His success has been recognised as he is one of dozens of Newcastle College students to collect awards.
“It doesn’t matter if you are deaf, blind or have a disability. Anyone can achieve. I’ve been playing cricket since I was seven and joined the England team two or three years ago. I’m quite unique as I’m the only left-handed bowler.”
He is now waiting to find out whether he’s made the team to play for England in the Deaf Cricket World Cup, which takes place in India in November-December 2018.
Matthew’s friend Ben Wymark (who did the same course) was also given an award. The 19 year old has been profoundly deaf since he was a toddler, and wears cochlear implants. The two students helped each other and other students who needed encouragement and support.
Ben plans on continuing his education at Staffordshire University to study PE and youth coaching, and eventually wants to set up his own business.
“I want to help disabled kids to get opportunities in sport.”