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Good luck Matt!

16 October 2013

The players, coaching staff and management of Bradford City would like to wish Bantams supporter Matt Woollias all the very best for next week as he aims to qualify for the Winter Paralympics.

Matt, 24, is aiming to make it to Sochi in 2014 as part of Team GB's Sledge Hockey team. Matt and his team-mates are flying out to Turin in Italy this weekend to play in a qualification tournament where a third-placed position will seal their place at the games.

The qualification tournament lasts from 20 October to 26 October, with Team GB up against their Italian hosts, as well as Sweden, South Korea, Germany and Japan.

Sledge Hockey, as the name suggests, is a form of Ice Hockey where competitors get around the rink on small sledges.

Matt, a City Season Ticket holder for several seasons now, also plays the sport for the Hull-based Kingston Kestrels as well as Great Britain.

The Bantams follower got into the sport after his right leg unfortunately had to be amputated just below the knee four years ago due to a rare form of bone cancer.

The operation to remove part of his right leg came after long spells of treatment trying to treat the disease. Such is Matt's passion for his beloved Bantams though, he would still come to games in his wheelchair even during his periods of treatment.

Despite the struggles with his health and the subsequent loss of his lower right leg, Matt dusted himself off and was spotted at a Paralympics talent day he attended shortly after going into remission. This led him into the sport of Sledge Hockey and eventually a regular slot in the Team GB side.

Matt and the rest of the Team GB Sledge Hockey squad fly out for Turin on Saturday (19 October 2013) - ironically exactly four years to the day that he underwent his amputation operation.

City supporters canwww.sledgehockey.co.uk on Twitter or by visiting the BSHA (British Sledge Hockey Association) website at @GBSledgeHockeywish Matt and the team good luck by tweeting your good luck messages to .




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