Jake Brennan is a brave eight-year-old rugby league player, who has scored a once-in-a-lifetime Origin experience less than a year after being involved in a life-threatening car crash.
Since the car accident that seriously injured Jake and his father, sport has played an important role in Jake’s recovery as his home club, St Anthony’s Girraween Eagles JRLFC, rallied around his family to offer friendship and support throughout the last gruelling 11 months.
Natalie Walka, President of the Good Sports Junior club, praises the generosity of Eagles members and parents in saying:
“I’ve never felt prouder to be in this position, observing the wonderful support, love, care, creativity and determination so many of you have shown towards the Brennans”.
What’s more is that nib foundation, supporters of the Good Sports Junior program that Girraween Eagles are participating in, helped put the icing on top of Jake’s recovery at the pinnacle of the rugby league calendar. Through their major sponsorship of the NSW Blues, nib was able to offer Jake the chance to be the Blues mascot at ANZ Stadium, ahead of their first clash in the 2016 State of Origin series on 1 June.
Jake’s father, Stephen Brennan, said taking to the field with his heroes had given Jake a real buzz after an incredibly challenging year. “Jake has always loved rugby league, so for him to rub shoulders with the NSW Blues players at the ultimate event in our sport was amazing. It’s a great reminder of the power of sport to help families like ours get through tough times,” he said.
The Good Sports crew went down to have a chat with Jake two weeks ago to deliver the news of his Origin opportunity. His reaction is priceless!