Quaden Bayles, Australian boy bullied for dwarfism, leads out rugby league team



A nine-year-old boy who was left suicidal after being bullied because of his dwarfism has had "the best day of his life" as he led out an all-star rugby league team in Australia.


Quaden Bayles received an outpouring of support worldwide after his mother shared an emotional clip of him on social media.


In the viral video the youngster was heard saying, "I'm going to die right now... give me a knife, I'm going to kill myself", after a bullying incident at his school.


On Saturday, Quaden was invited to walk the Indigenous All-Stars rugby league team onto the field as they took on the Maori All-Stars in an exhibition match on Australia's Gold Coast.

The crowd at the Cbus Super Stadium in Robina, Queensland, erupted in cheers as Quaden entered the field hand-in-hand


with captain Joel Thompson.




Dressed in an All-Stars jersey, he wore black noise-cancelling headphones and clung to the match ball as he strode into the middle of the pitch.

Ahead of the event, Quaden's mother Yarraka Bayles said her son had described the invitation to attend the match as "going from the worst day of his life to the best day of his life".


"We could never have dreamt in our wildest dreams that it would've gone worldwide and created such a media frenzy," Ms Bayles said.

A comedian has raised more than $440,000 (£339,000) after setting up a fundraising page to send Quaden to Disneyland following his bullying ordeal.


American Brad Williams, who has the same dwarfism condition achondroplasia as Quaden, set up the GoFundMe page after seeing the video of the youngster in floods of tears.


Hollywood star Hugh Jackman and Star Wars actor Mark Hamill are among those who have voiced support for Quaden since the clip of him went viral.

©Sky UK

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