1:30pm – Sunday, May 6 on ABC1
Twenty-six-year-old Matty Shields shot to fame after walking onto the Australia’s Got Talent stage in his underwear to perform a pole dance routine.
Raised on the outskirts of Walgett in New South Wales, a town 700 kilometres north west of Sydney with a population of 2000 people, Matty was born to a young teenage mother and raised by his great aunt and uncle.
From an early age he showed glimpses of his star quality; swinging off the monkey bars and re-enacting dance moves he saw on music shows on the weekend. But Matty describes his childhood as lonely. There weren’t many opportunities presented to young people in the town and Matty suffered heavily from bullying in school.
After finding solace within the Catholic church, Matty was offered the chance of a lifetime by the local priest and teacher at his school: a scholarship to one of the most prestigious boys’ schools in Sydney.
It still wasn’t an easy transition for him with the bullying continuing at his new school, but he kept his head high and joined a Catholic youth group which allowed him to perform a traditional Aboriginal dance for the Pope in 2008 during the World Youth Day proceedings.
And since finishing school Matty has found a love for pole dancing where he captured the attention of the whole nation.