An Auckland mum who heard other parents bagging her son at his rugby league game has been blown away by the support she has received after posting about the incident on Facebook.
Rochelle Mara took to social media in response to the sideline slagging and the post has attracted widespread support from some well known names, including All Black Liam Messam and award winning dancer, actress and rapper Parris Goebel.
Eljae Mara wears number eight for the Manurewa Marlins and although he has only been playing for four weeks he enjoys "tackling people and keeping running".
His coach Rayna Dave says the 10-year-old has changed from a quiet kid to being part of the team but at his latest game on the weekend some sideline parents were outspoken and unkind.
Rochelle says they were questioning why her son was in the team and calling him fat.
"It really got to me," she said and after confronting the other parents she took to Facebook, challenging the haters.
The post attracted a lot of responses and Rochelle says she has heard so many other stories, not only in New Zealand but all over the world "about their kids being discriminated out on the field".
Meanwhile Eljae's enthusiasm for his new sport is unwavering and he "can't wait to get out there next Saturday and play again".