Ethan’s year of highs
Titans drive young fan to school graduation
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.
Ethan Sloane ready for his school formal with a little help from Titans skipper Ryan James (right) and UK-bound former Titan Konrad Hurrell.