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Warriors celebrate Down Syndrome Day with 'teammate' not intimidated by coach Kearney

The Warriors honoured helper Mark Dekker today, on World Down Syndrome Day, by wearing odd socks at training.

Mr Dekker, 31, has been a helper for the Warriors for the past two NRL seasons.

Warriors half Blake Green came up with the odd socks idea to celebrate Mr Dekker's contribution to the club.

"He's a bit of an ice breaker as well, when Mooks [Warriors coach Stephen Kearney] is a little bit upset he can just walk straight into the middle of a conversation and stand next to Mooks and pat him on the head," said Green.

"He breaks the ice for us and just makes everyone feel relaxed, I guess."

Mr Dekker was brought into the Warriors team through team manager Laurie Hale and has earned the nickname "Mahi Man".

"Not too many people get to come in, they [Warriors] are my teammates," said Mr Dekker.

"They say, 'Hang in there, kia kaha and all the best.'"

The club's community outreach programme welcomed not only Mr Dekker but other down syndrome fans to training today.

The Warriors take on the Wests Tigers on Sunday at Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney.

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    Mr Dekker, nicknamed 'Mahi Man', has been a Warriors helper for the last two NRL seasons. Source: 1 NEWS


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