Young patients being treated at Gold Coast University Hospital recently had the rare opportunity to meet with Commonwealth Games athletes face-to-face.
Gold Coast Hospital Foundation mascot Betty Get Better was thrilled to show athletes around the children’s ward, and introduce them to patients.
Many patients and family members were excited to meet sporting greats from the Kookaburras, Hockeyroos and both the Australian Table Tennis and Boxing teams. This was especially because few people from the estimated 1.5 million spectators will have an opportunity to see athletes up-close.
“It was amazing, I have always wanted to be athletic but I never had the opportunity [to try]. There is [now] a [good] reason to get better,” teenager Charlotte Chatwood (pictured centre) said in a televised interview.
Another patient, Ethan Heley, was excited to meet sporting greats from the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos. His mother, Keltie, said the athletes’ visit could not have come at a better time for Ethan.
“I think this is something he will be able to treasure for the rest of his life, and especially being a challenging time for him,” Keltie Foster said in an interview.
Daniel Beale from the Kookaburras was very pleased to help relieve medical hardship for local patients.
“Whenever we get the opportunity to go in and possibly make a change in their day, we jump at the chance,” Beale said at a press conference.
Renee Taylor from the Hockeyroos was impressed by the 300-strong contingent of volunteers at the hospital.
“Even just speaking to the volunteers, everyone is saying Aussie, Aussie, Aussie,” Taylor said at a press conference.