DREAM COME TRUE
By EVAN SCHWARTEN
NOTHING could have wiped the smile from 17-year-old Rob Hollingsworth's face yesterday when he met his longtime hero Queensland and Brisbane Broncos forward Petero Civoniceva.
The pair met in the Queensland State of Origin team's dressing room following the team's special training session at Rockhamp-ton's Browne Park yes- terday.
Rob suffered severe brain damage after being hit by a car on his way to school in 1998.
The accident took away his ability to speak and confined him to a wheelchair but his mother and his carer say one thing it didn't take away from him was his love of football.
"I would say watching football is the height of his enjoyment,'' mother Leanne said.
"It has been very good for his well-being.''
Leanne said Rob was very excited to meet Civoniceva and was looking forward to meeting other players at a dinner at Rockhampton Leagues Club last night.
"He is extremely happy. It was a lovely opportunity.''
Rob's carer, Kelly Goldy, said she organised the meeting after hearing Rob's ex-citement when she told him the team would hold a training session in Rockhampton.
"I mentioned that it would be exciting to go and see them train and he agreed,'' she said.
"I just wanted to see the look on his face when he met them.''
She said Rob had been interested in rugby league as a child and had even played in his school's premiership- winning team a week before the accident.
"He was really interested as a kid and he has always maintained that.