Nate lives out his footy dreams

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Zhanae Con­way-Dodd Zhanae.Con­way-Dodd@cen­tral­tele­

YOUNG Nate Wil­son loves his footy.

The Biloela boy of­ten heads along to lo­cal games to cheer on his home side and rev­els in the chance to play on the field at half time with his sis­ter Indi.

Nate who is four years old is “very cheeky, love­able and friendly”.

This lit­tle life of the party also hap­pens to have Down syn­drome and re­cently had the chance to live out his foot­ball dreams with the Ti­tans, who are big sup­port­ers of Down Syn­drome Queensland.

This year, the Ti­tans had a run out on the field for Down syn­drome chil­dren dur­ing round 11 of the foot­ball against the New Cas­tle Knights.

Nate’s mum Jenna Wil­son said they were dev­as­tated they couldn’t at­tend the run out but would be on the Gold Coast dur­ing the first week­end of Septem­ber.

“We were down on the Gold Coast for a wed­ding on a Sun­day and the Gold Coast Ti­tans v North Queensland Cow­boys game was the Satur­day which worked in well,” Jenna ex­plained.

“Tony Wil­son (Nate’s Dad) con­tacted the Ti­tans to see of it was pos­si­ble if Nate could run out with the team.

“They said it was a once-off event but they could work some­thing out for us.”

Shortly af­ter the con­ver­sa­tion with the Ti­tan’s Jenna, Nate and the rest of the fam­ily found them­selves watch­ing the game live and in per­son.

“They (the Ti­tan’s) col­lected us at half time from our seats and we went onto the field side line, got pho­tos, ran around, kicked a ball, played with the cheer lead­ers,” Jenna said.

Nate waved to the crowd and the crowd loved him.

Nate and his fam­ily then went into the tun­nel and waited for the cap­tain of the Ti­tans, Ryan James.

“He car­ried Nate out onto the field fol­lowed by Jar­rod Wal­lace who held Indi.

“They ran the team out to the field for the sec­ond half of the game,” Jenna said.

“When we re­turned back to our seats peo­ple were ask­ing ques­tions and want­ing to take pho­tos as they were gen­uinely ex­cited for us.”

A video has since been up­loaded to the Ti­tans Face­book page which has been shared, liked and com­mented on by hun­dreds of peo­ple.

“Com­plete strangers are com­ment­ing with beau­ti­ful mes­sages,” Jenna said.

“It’s just heart­warm­ing to see.

“Since re­turn­ing back home the Ti­tans have con­tacted us and are send­ing out the pho­tos from the night which is au­to­graphed by the team.

“A big thank-you to the Gold Coast Ti­tans for the ex­pe­ri­ence we ab­so­lutely en­joyed our­selves.”


FOOTY TIME: Nate Wil­son lived his foot­ball dreams when he had the chance to hang out with the Ti­tans ear­lier this month.

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