Geelong Cats captain Joel Selwood has revealed he will be running out with his former teammate Gary Ablett Jr.’s son Levi before the start of Saturday’s AFL Grand Final at the MCG in Melbourne.
Three-year-old Levi was diagnosed in 2020 with a rare degenerative illness that leaves him with less resistance to naturally fight illnesses compared to healthier children
Gary’s model wife Jordan Ablett, 29, has previously said it is unlikely the couple’s eldest child will ever learn to talk.
Joel spoke of Levi’s heartwarming Grand Final appearance to Adam Gilchrist and Tim Gossage on SEN’s Breakfast with Gilly and Goss on Friday morning.
‘I will let you in on a secret,’ Joel said. ‘His son will be running out with me tomorrow, which is pretty special.
‘I think it’s only fair that an Ablett is performing on Grand Final day, and it’s Gazza’s turn to cheer on his little son.
‘That will be pretty special for the Ablett family, but also the Geelong faithful.’
In an interview with the podcast The Significant Others in March 2021, Jordan spoke of the family’s heartbreak following Levi’s diagnosis.
‘I just remember sitting with Gaz in that meeting and when they said it I just remember absolutely breaking down,’ she said.
‘There is a very short life expectancy, which is why I constantly say to people when they ask about Levi that we are literally just taking it day by day because we have no idea what the future holds,’ she added.
Appearing on Channel Nine’s Millionaire Hot Seat in May 2021, Ablett said there had been some improvements to Levi’s condition.
‘He is a beautiful boy with a pretty serious condition,’ the two-time AFL premiership winner with the Geelong Cats told host Eddie McGuire.
‘We are seeing some improvement, and Levi is having physiotherapy each day.
‘The great thing about Levi is that he is a very determined boy and always happy. He brings so much joy to our lives.’
Gary and Jordan welcomed a second child, daughter Grace, late last year.
‘Time is flying and we can’t recall life without her,’ Jordan said at the time.
‘She has slotted into this family perfectly, her sparkly smile and personality are really starting to shine through.’
Meanwhile, Joel Selwood and his wife Britt recently announced they were expecting their first child.