Bullied Australian boy Quaden Bayles leads out rugby team in front of thousands of cheering fans

Posted at 11:28 AM, Feb 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-23 12:28:55-05

ROBINA, Queensland — Quaden Bayles, a nine year old bullying victim in Australia, led out a rugby league team in front of thousands of cheering fans over the weekend.

Bayles walked out with the National Rugby League’s Indigenous All Stars team ahead a match against the New Zealand Maoris on Saturday.

Bayles' mother Yarraka, from the Australian state of Queensland, posted a heartbreaking Facebook Live video to raise awareness of the impact of bullying. In the video, she said her son had previously attempted suicide.

The support poured in from celebrities like Hugh Jackman, and a kick-starter campaign to send him to Disneyland raised thousands of dollars around the world.

The Maoris went on to defeat the Indigenous All Stars 30-16 in the game at Cbus Super Stadium in Australia's Gold Coast, with Bayles getting a pitch side view.