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BBC Wales is set to screen a documentary about vegan advocate and former Dirty Sanchez star Matt Pritchard called Wild Man to Ironman.

According to the broadcaster, nobody thought one-time ‘party boy’ Pritchard would survive into his 40s, after he became a skateboarding legend, and gained fame with his MTV show Dirty Sanchez. He struggled with addictions to alcohol and drugs, as well as his mental health.

But in recent years, the star went vegan and turned to fitness – completing endurance events like the famous Ironman. He is now training for his ultimate endurance challenges – he wants to swim, cycle and run around the coastline and the border of Wales in just 14 days.

Vegan challenge

“He is turning the coastline and the border of Wales into one enormous triathlon route in celebration of five years since the day he turned his life around,” says the BBC.

“But for Matt, this is not just an endurance challenge, it is a journey of self-discovery. This is Matt’s story, from rags to riches, and ruin to redemption.

“Told by Matt, and through the first-hand accounts of family and friends, the film hears how he went from a nobody to star, to trainwreck, to an inspirational record-breaking athlete.”

The documentary will screen on BBC Wales on December 19, and will be available to watch on iPlayer shortly after.

You can watch the documentary trailer here

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.