In little over a year Matthew was winning national competitions and in December 2015, after two years of hard work and after becoming British Paraclimbing Series Champion, he was selected for the British Paraclimbing Team. Six months later, at his first IFSC World Paraclimbing Cup in Italy, Matthew took gold in his category. This was followed by a silver medal at the IFSC World Paraclimbing Masters the following month in Austria.
In September the same year Matthew performed for a home crowd at the World Paraclimbing Cup in Sheffield and took gold once more. 2017 and 2018 were equally successful and Matthew took two golds and a silver medal at World Cups in Sheffield, Briançon and Edinburgh, respectively. Then, in September 2018 and in front of a buzzing crowd, Matthew headed off stiff competition to become World Champion at the World Championships in Innsbruck.
“This was an unbelievable experience,” says Matthew, “and the support from the crowd when I topped the final route was out of this world.”