He’s a familiar face around the shire’s footy fields and just recently Eurobodalla teenager Jay Stewart got to rub shoulders with some of the best in the game.
The Mogo footy fan travelled to Sydney to sit in on a training session with the St George Illawarra Dragons, as supported by Moruya Rotary, Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation, Settlement Services International and Ability Links.
Recalling the special occasion, Jay was in awe meeting the first-grade players, getting some autographs and joining in on a bit of boxing with the team.
“It was like I was part of the family,” Jay said.
“They don’t care what colour you are, they come down and give you their autograph.
“They were nice and lovely people.”
To cap off the experience, Jay and his family were given tickets to watch the Dragons take on the Tigers at ANZ Stadium the following day.
Ability Linker Beverley Moreton said Jay was decked out for the occasion in his very own Dragons jersey, thanks to Rotary and Katungul Aboriginal Corporation.
Ms Moreton said there was only one condition on the trip: that Jay didn’t miss the footy back at home.
“He wasn’t going to go to if it meant he missed out on his football, so we’re lucky it all worked out,” she said.
Maryanne Nye said the experience could not have gone to someone more deserving.
“He helps with the football in the Bay and the football in Moruya. He helps run the ball on and does the water. No matter what sport, he’s there to help. He loves football,” Ms Nye said.