Ethan’s year of highs

Ti­tans drive young fan to school grad­u­a­tion

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - AMANDA ROBBEMOND

ETHAN Sloane has capped off his al­ready amaz­ing year with an even more im­pres­sive grad­u­a­tion – along­side Ti­tans star Ryan James.

Last night, the Ti­tans skip­per picked up Ethan from the Cas­cade Gar­dens in Surfers Par­adise be­fore driv­ing him to the Mar­riott for his grad­u­a­tion.

Kon­rad Hur­rell also made a sur­prise ap­pear­ance.

Ear­lier this year, Hur­rell helped 18-year-old Ethan pick out his school for­mal out­fit.

Ethan’s mother, Lisa, told the Bul­letin it was “a dream come true” for her out­go­ing son, a stu­dent of Mudgeeraba Spe­cial School and who also has Down syn­drome.

But it’s not the first time the pair have met – Ethan is a fa­mil­iar face around the Ti­tans’ train­ing grounds af­ter meet­ing through the Ti­tans Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, and is known as one of their big­gest and most loyal fans.

He has even been of­fered a job with the Ti­tans next year, do­ing mis­cel­la­neous jobs around the of­fice one day a week.

“He’s very so­cial, he’s good fun and has a great per­son­al­ity,” Ms Sloane said.

“He’s very ex­cited about his for­mal, he can’t wait. Ryan James is one of his favourite play­ers, he’s be­side him­self.”

Ms Sloane said 2018 had been a dream year for Ethan who was the face of the Ti­tans Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion this year, had ex­pe­ri­enced his dream for­mal and would even have that job lined up for 2019.

“It’s great that the Ti­tans have al­lowed him to live his dreams,” she said.

“They should be given the same op­por­tu­ni­ties that ev­ery­one else is given. We’re so proud of him.”

A Ti­tans club rep­re­sen­ta­tive said Ethan had formed bonds with the Ti­tans play­ers quickly.

“He at­tends train­ing when he can, is at most home games and is al­ways high-fiv­ing them,” he said.

Pic­ture: DAVID CLARK

Ethan Sloane ready for his school for­mal with a lit­tle help from Ti­tans skip­per Ryan James (right) and UK-bound for­mer Ti­tan Kon­rad Hur­rell.

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