A touching moment between two young AFL players is going viral on social media and warming hearts around the country.
During a local AFL match in Queensland on Saturday, a player from the Hermit Park Tigers stopped mid-game to tie the shoe lace of a disabled player on the opposing side, the Northern Beaches Suns.
The beautiful gesture was captured on camera and posted to Twitter by AFL Queensland State Football Operations Manager Barry Gibson.
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“Today our great game in
@AFLQ was put into perspective when a young man with a disability playing in the Townsville reserves comp had his shoe laces tied by his opponent mid game,” Mr Gibson wrote.
Today our great game in @AFLQ was put into perspective when a young man with a disability playing in the Townsville reserves comp had his shoe laces tied by his opponent mid game. He also kicked a goal and both teams got around him #AFLQfooty #inclusion #outstanding pic.twitter.com/RFGnptuHHL
— Barry Gibson (@GibsonBarry) June 23, 2018
He also revealed that the young man kicked a goal during the match, and that “both teams got around him”.
GOAL OF THE YEAR? “It brings tears to your eyes” … Beautiful scenes in @AFLQ yesterday as the @HPFC_Tigers and Northern Beaches Suns ensured one young player hit the scoreboard. READ: https://t.co/sEwbYLClqP pic.twitter.com/ZjxYDwrcq6
— SuperFooty (AFL) (@superfooty) June 24, 2018
The heart warming posts have since been shared dozens of time and received hundreds of positive comments.
“Gives hope to humanity after all… Great story,” one person commented.
“That story put a smile on my face – kudos to the young man and both teams,” wrote another.