Easter miracle at the footy as a wheelchair-bound fan STANDS UP to cheer when it looks like the Swans have won – before quickly sitting back down
- Fan sat in an accessible seating area for wheelchairs
- Celebrated what they believed to be the winning goal
- He was filmed standing up to cheer
Young Sydney Swan Ollie Florent may have been shattered by his last-minute miss against the Power, but there was at least one Easter miracle to celebrate at the SCG on Sunday and it came courtesy of an enthusiastic fan in the stands.
The Sydney Swans took on Port Adelaide in the AFL showdown on Easter Saturday and the game went down to the wire.
Florent thought he had kicked the match winner and celebrated along with thousands of Swans supporters, only for the referees to rule that his kick was touched by Port’s Aliir Aliir in front of the goal line.
It was a heartbreaking way for Florent and Swans supporters to lose, especially when you watch the real Easter miracle unfold in the stands.
A fan filmed the final seconds of the match as it went to the wire, including the moment when the crowd roared believing Florent had kicked a miracle goal.
The real miracle was right in front of him, when a fan sitting in a wheelchair in a designated wheelchair space jumped up to celebrate the moment.
Almost as quickly as Florent realized his celebration was short-lived, the Swans supporter sat down again.
Many footy fans are quick to scoff at the spectator in question, but Daily Mail Australia isn’t suggesting they couldn’t legitimately use the wheelchair.
Young Sydney Swan Ollie Florent didn’t quite kick the winning goal, but his effort helped inspire the Easter miracle in the stands
A Swans supporter looked like the subject of an Easter miracle as they rose from their wheelchairs to cheer on what they believed was the game winner
While the most common cause of wheelchair use is due to paralysis or spinal injury, conditions such as cerebral palsy, stroke, muscular dystrophy, arthritis, and other medical problems can result in a patient requiring a wheelchair while still being able to stand for limited periods of time .
The places reserved for wheelchairs at the SCG are called accessible seats.
These areas must be booked in advance through the Ticketek Special Needs Hotline.
The AFL website states that these areas are for wheelchair users “who remain in their wheelchair (or mobility aid) during the game.”
The website also states, “At some locations, accessible tickets may also be available in general admission areas that do not require pre-booking.”