Gidley just drops in
YESTERDAY started out like any other day for Josh Smith of East Ballina until he saw a very familiar face walking down his driveway.
"I was just laying here and I noticed this guy coming up to the house," he said. "I looked at him, and then I went, 'Is that Kurt Gidley?' And it was!"
Josh, 20, has duchenne muscular dystrophy, which has caused his muscles to diminish over time, and it is difficult to get out of bed.
But his disability hasn't stopped him from being a huge rugby league fan.
The Newcastle Knights have always been his favourite team, and injured captain Kurt Gidley is his favourite player.
That's why Josh, through Northcott Disability Services' community participation program, set himself a goal to meet Gidley.
He happened to mention the goal to his Northcott support worker, Tamara
Jacobs, who asked her husband Shane to see if he could make it happen.
"Shane sent a letter to my brother (Knights chief executive Matt Gidley) about Josh and he sent the letter on to me," Gidley said.
"So we just worked out a time and made it happen.
"Josh definitely knows his footy.
"We've been talking about last week's game and we've talked some tactics."
Josh also had a few tips for Gidley to take back.
"They're not real good in defence lately," he said.
"Although last week they were much better."
Josh's grandmother, Sandra Smith, said the whole visit had been a complete surprise for her grandson. The trip was confirmed only on Wednesday night.
"It was just priceless seeing the look on Josh's face when Kurt walked in. He loved it," she said.
"This is an early birthday present for him, because he's turning 21 in August."