On a quiet Monday afternoon at Logan Park Warragul, a fairytale came to life.
Greyhound trainer Matt Height returned to the winners list with Walkin’ the Walk in race number five, from box one.
The story of Matt’s incredible journey begins just over two years ago.
Whilst Walkin’ The Walk was in the final stages of education, Matt suffered a major stroke on the way home from work which left him hospital bound for seven months.
Once Matt returned home from hospital it was a matter of time before he began training.
“It’s been hard training the dogs because I can’t walk. I found it hard to get out of bed each day but then I got my dog back (Walkin’ The Walk) and it was awesome.”
Matt’s family have been a great support in the decision to recommence training. Having a laugh, the chief trainer mentioned wife Megan is a great “back up trainer.”
Monday’s win ‘meant the world’ to Matt.
“It put’s a spark in your step” he said after celebrating the success with a post race photo with his lovely wife, dad and sons.
“My motivation to get up and walking again is to be able to walk to the boxes again.”
In the meantime, Matt’s planning on purchasing a 4wd wheelchair so he can continue free galloping his beloved greyhounds at the slipping track.
Here’s to you Matt – a true inspiration.
PAW NOTE: Walkin’ The Walk produced another impressive performance at Warragul on Thursday, winning from box two – making it two wins on the trot for Matt Height.