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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The crowd cheered as Quaden led out the Indigenous All-Stars A nine-year-old Australian boy has taken centre-stage at a major sporting event, days after a video of him in distress at being bullied captured hearts across the world.Quaden Bayles, who is himself Aboriginal, led out an indigenous Rugby League…

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The crowd cheered as Quaden led out the Indigenous All-Stars

A nine-year-old Australian boy has taken centre-stage at a major sporting event, days after a video of him in distress at being bullied captured hearts across the world.Quaden Bayles, who is himself Aboriginal, led out an indigenous Rugby League team in an exhibition match in Queensland against New Zealand Maoris.Quaden’s mother said he had always dreamt of being a Rugby League star.She posted the clip of him crying after he was targeted at school for dwarfism.Celebrities offered their support, and hundreds of thousands of dollars have since been raised as part of a campaign to send him to Disneyland.’Best day of his life’The National Rugby League’s Indigenous All Stars team invited Quaden to lead out the side for their match against the Maori All Stars on Saturday on the Gold Coast.Fullback Rabbitoh Latrell Mitchell made the invitation in a video.”We’ve got your back and just want to make sure that you are doing alright… we want you around, we want you to lead us out on the weekend,” he said.Holding the hand of team captain Joel Thompson, Quaden led them out on to the pitch accompanied by roars from the crowd.

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