Sports are more than just winning and losing; it’s about putting a smile on people’s faces. There have been many instances when sportspeople have made their fans’ day with a humble gesture.
An Australian football team captain also did the same when his team won the Australian Football League (AFL). Joel Selwood, captain of Geelong Cats, won the hearts of his fans by celebrating the title victory with the team’s water boy who has Down’s Syndrome.
In a video doing rounds on the internet, Selwood is seen walking towards the stands where the water boy was cheering for the team. The Cats’ captain then asks the boy to join the team in their celebration.
The water boy instantly responds by climbing the barrier and the Aussie football club captain helped him onto the field. After which, the two share a brief hug. Meanwhile, another Geelong Cats player, Jeremy Cameron, gives his medal to the water boy, who gets a loud cheer from the crowd and other players.
This gesture from Selwood earned a lot of praise from all corners as fans praised the Cats’ captain for his act of love and kindness. “This act of love, kindness and compassion is what we all should be doing in our life!” commented a user on one of the posts carrying the video. Another one commented, so touching! What a beautiful moment…sigh :)”
Someone said, “So awesome to see. For the captain to share this moment with him was truly a moment he’ll never forget for the rest of his life. They’re so special to my heart.” Another user praised the captain and added, “This player is an outstanding man in so many ways – well done and thank you Joel Selwood.”
Even AFL’s official Twitter page shared the video and captioned it, “Sammy’s moment.”
Watch the video here: