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Dog attack victim and car crash passenger shine as Robert Rose Cup mascots

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As Collingwood and Western Bulldogs players run onto the MCG’s hallowed turf tonight, they will be joined by two reminders of how a traumatic event can seriously impact the life of a young person.

Tonight’s Round 1 clash will mark the fifth year of Slater and Gordon’s involvement in the Robert Rose Cup, aiming to promote the inclusion of people of all abilities in sport and across the wider community.

Each year, Slater and Gordon has selected two young clients to run out onto the ground as junior mascots with the teams before the start of the game.

This year, Western Bulldogs fan Mitchell, 8, will run out with his premiership idols. The night will be a true highlight for the young fan who, 18 months ago, was the victim of a vicious dog attack, which left him with chest scars and psychological trauma.

“I can’t wait to get onto the ground and meet some of the players,” Mitchell said. “I was so happy when they won the premiership last year, it will be great.”

The Collingwood team will be joined by keen football fan Izobell, 11, who suffered significant injuries in a car accident eight years ago. The horrific crash unfortunately claimed the life of Izobell’s mother Victoria.

“It should be a great night and a big thrill to meet the players and run onto the ground,” Izobell said. “I can’t wait to see the massive crowd.”

Slater and Gordon, Victorian General Manager, Personal Injury, Dina Tutungi said supporting people with disability and promoting their participation and inclusion is very important to the organisation and a key area of focus for our work in the community.

Ms Tutungi said it was extremely rewarding being able to give two young fans the opportunity to not only meet some of their favourite players but also play such a large part in such a big game.

“Supporting people with disability and promoting their participation and inclusion is very important to our organisation and a key area of focus for our work in the community,”

Ms Tutungi said. “I look forward to the night and watching the two young mascots enjoy this amazing opportunity.”

Robert Rose – son of Magpie legend Bob Rose - played 26 games for Collingwood between 1970 and 1972 and nine for Footscray in 1973. He also played 19 first-class cricket games for Victoria as a batsman.

In 1974 and at the age of 22, Rose was left a quadriplegic following a car accident. After he passed away in 1999, the Robert Rose Foundation was launched in his honour, providing support to those suffering from spinal injuries and with physical disabilities.