AFL grand final: Gary Ablett Jr’s son to run off with Geelong captain Joel Selwood


Gary Ablett Jr’s young son Levi will run with Geelong captain Joel Selwood in front of 100,000 fans at the MCG in the AFL grand final

Geelong Cats captain Joel Selwood has revealed he will elope with former teammate Gary Ablett Jr’s son, Levi, ahead of 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 disease that leaves him with less natural resistance to fight disease than healthier children

Gary’s model wife Jordan Ablett, 29, previously said it was unlikely the couple’s eldest child would ever learn to speak.

Geelong Cats captain Joel Selwood has revealed he will elope with former teammate Gary Ablett Jr's son, Levi, ahead of the start of Saturday's AFL grand final at the MCG.  (Pictured: Gary and Jordan Ablett with their son Levi)

Geelong Cats captain Joel Selwood has revealed he will elope with former teammate Gary Ablett Jr’s son, Levi, ahead of the start of Saturday’s AFL grand final at the MCG. (Pictured: Gary and Jordan Ablett with their son Levi)

Joel talks about Levi’s heart-warming performance in the Grand Final to SEN’s Adam Gilchrist and Tim Gossage Breakfast with Jilly and Goss on Friday morning.

“I’ll let you in on a secret,” Joel said. “His son is running away with me tomorrow, which is pretty special.

“I think it’s only fair that Ablett takes part in grand final day and it’s Gaza’s turn to cheer on their young son.

“It’s going to be pretty special for the Ablett family, but also for the Geelong faithful.”

Three-year-old Levi (pictured) was diagnosed in 2020 with a rare degenerative disease that leaves him with less natural resistance to fight disease than healthier children

Three-year-old Levi (pictured) was diagnosed in 2020 with a rare degenerative disease that leaves him with less natural resistance to fight disease than healthier children

In an interview on The Significant Others podcast in March 2021, Jordan spoke of the family’s heartbreak following Levi’s diagnosis.

“I just remember sitting with Gaz at that meeting, and when they said it, I remember completely breaking down,” she said.

“It has a very short lifespan, which is why I keep telling people when they ask about Levi, we’re literally just taking it day by day because we have no idea what the future holds,” she added.

In an interview on The Significant Others podcast in March 2021, Jordan spoke of the family’s heartbreak following Levi’s diagnosis. “Life expectancy is very short,” she said

Appearing on Channel Nine’s Millionaire Hot Seat in May 2021, Ablett said there had been some improvement in Levy’s condition.

“He’s a beautiful boy with a pretty serious condition,” the two-time AFL champion with the Geelong Cats told host Eddie McGuire.

“We are seeing some improvement and Levi is in physio every 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.

Appearing on Channel Nine's Millionaire Hot Seat in May 2021, Ablett said there had been some improvement in Levy's condition

Appearing on Channel Nine’s Millionaire Hot Seat in May 2021, Ablett said there had been some improvement in Levy’s condition

Gary and Jordan welcomed a second child, daughter Grace, late last year.

“Time flies and we can’t remember life without her,” Jordan said at the time.

“She has fit in perfectly with this family, her sparkling smile and personality are really starting to shine through.”

Meanwhile, Joel Selwood and his wife, Britt, recently announced that they are expecting their first child.

Meanwhile, Joel Selwood and his wife, Britt, recently announced that they are expecting their first child.  (Pictured are at the Brownlow Medal in Melbourne last Sunday)

Meanwhile, Joel Selwood and his wife, Britt, recently announced that they are expecting their first child. (Pictured are at the Brownlow Medal in Melbourne last Sunday)

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