AFL Grand Final: Gary Ablett Jr.’s son to run out with Geelong captain Joel Selwood

Gary Ablett Jr.’s toddler son Levi will be running out with Geelong captain Joel Selwood in front of 100,000 fans at the MCG before the AFL Grand Final

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.

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. (Pictured: Gary and Jordan Ablett with son Levi)

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. (Pictured: Gary and Jordan Ablett with son Levi)

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.’

Three-year-old Levi (pictured) was diagnosed in 2020 with a rare degenerative illness that leaves him with less resistance to naturally fight illnesses compared to healthier children

Three-year-old Levi (pictured) was diagnosed in 2020 with a rare degenerative illness that leaves him with less resistance to naturally fight illnesses compared to healthier children 

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.

In an interview with the podcast The Significant Others in March 2021, Jordan spoke of the family's heartbreak following Levi's diagnosis. 'There is a very short life expectancy,' she said

In an interview with the podcast The Significant Others in March 2021, Jordan spoke of the family’s heartbreak following Levi’s diagnosis. ‘There is a very short life expectancy,’ she said 

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.’

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

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

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. 

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

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

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