Vote for Jarryd and Mark in the Laureus Awards
Two special Sydney Swans supporters touched our hearts earlier this year, and now their friendship is being recognised on the world stage.
When their radio went dead during the Swans clash with Carlton in Round 23 at the SCG, 12-year-old Jarryd Haines rose to the challenge and provided a running commentary for his blind friend, 13-year-old Mark Smith.
Mark lost his sight following brain cancer, but still loves going to games so he can hear the roar of the crowd.
Through Jarryd’s commentary he was kept abreast of each play, including Lance Franklin’s 10-goal haul.
Not knowing who the boys were, a journalist in the crowd posted on Twitter about what he witnessed, and it’s fair to say the story won hearts across the nation.
Using the power of social media the boys were tracked down and were treated to a special day at the SCG. They also ran out with the team ahead of Sydney’s elimination final against Essendon.
This outstanding act of mateship has been nominated for this year’s Best Sporting Moment in the 2017 Laureus World Sport Awards.
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