Katie Brown was clearly touched by the determination of Australia’s first wheelchair ballkid at the Australian Open this year.
The Sunrise presenter let her feelings be known while delivering the sports bulletin on Thursday — praising 11-year-old Sonny Rennison for his optimism and tenacity.
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Sunrise reporter Katie Brown praises the Australian Open’s first wheelchair ball kid who will be at the tornument this year.
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Sonny will appear as a ballkid at the Australian Open’s All Abilities Day this year — but he is pushing to included in a grand slam match.
Sonny is already a sports champion, ranked 21 in the world for junior wheelchair tennis singles.
“I need to go back to Sonny,” Katie began, during the report.
“This is why I love sport — it brings a great smile to our faces.”
Sonny was profiled in The Age on Thursday, with the report saying the sportsman was diagnosed with the genetic condition, multiple epiphyseal dysplasia, at the age of four.
The condition stopped the heads of his thighbones growing properly.
The Sunrise panel were equally impressed by the young sportsman.
Sunrise’s Katie Brown broke from reporting on Thursday, praising the Australian Open’s first wheelchair ball kid. Credit: Seven
“Sonny Rennison, don’t forget him,” Mark Beretta chimed-in.
Monique said it was important to see representation for people of all abilities.
“It comes back to that saying — see it, be it,” Mon said.
Sonny Rennison, now 11, will be the Australian Open’s first wheelchair ballkid. Credit: SevenSonny will have access to the newly-developed ‘ball picker-upper’, which helps in collecting and holding balls. Credit: Seven
Sonny was also included in new technology for wheelchair ballkids — dubbed the “ball picker-upper” — it is similar to a miniature vacuum and aids in collecting and holding balls.
During the 7NEWS bulletin, Sonny also noted how important representation is for everyone.
“I had never seen a wheelchair ballkid before, so I thought it would not happen,” Sonny said.
“It made me a bit sad when I was younger, because I knew I could do it.
“I’m so thankful and grateful that I managed to have this opportunity, and hopefully (it will) encourage other kids in wheelchairs,” he added.