Matthew
Richardson

Age32

Matthew was a serving soldier who shattered both feet after being struck by a landmine while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2008.

The former Lance Bombardier required reconstructive surgery but started skeleton in 2011 through the Help for Heroes charity and was the winner of the first-ever Para Skeleton World Cup race.

He finished second in the world rankings in 2014/15 and 2015/16 and won a silver medal at the inaugural 2016 World Championships in Park City, Utah.

Matt has three gold, eight silver and a one bronze medal in World Cup races to his name after winning a medal of each colour in three WC races in 2016/17.

Matthew in his own words…

  • Nickname: Stocky
  • Most likely to be spotted: at Hull Kingston Rovers rugby ground
  • Me in three: honest, reliable, competitive
  • Heroes: my family
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I’d spend more time driving lorries. I currently do that when I’m not out on ice
  • Random fact: I used to play ice hockey for a German team while stationed out there