Happiness was palpable at the Mega Jaws Adult Disability Christmas Clinic on Wednesday afternoon as about 80 keen participants were put through their paces by Sharks NRL and NRLW players.
Sharks Have Heart Equal Access Program Lead and NRLW star Emma Tonegato organised the free event, with fellow women's guns Jada Taylor and Quincy Dodd also running drills alongside NRL players Sione Katoa, Kade Dykes and Kayal Iro.
A host of junior representative players and the club's community team also took part, while in a huge thrill for the excited crowd beloved halfback Nicho Hynes unexpectedly showed up and joined in the festivities at PointsBet Stadium.
Hynes was mobbed for photos and autographs before the hour-long football clinic kicked off, with the participants then split into groups and rotating through activities like goal kicking, tackling soft bags, carrying the ball into hit shields and passing.
With barely a cloud in the sky, the vibes were high as the attendees soaked up the sun and valuable footy tips from some of their league idols.
The players happily took the time to chat, snap pictures and sign merchandise before a surprise visit from Santa, who gifted Sharks hats and mini footballs.
After a quick rest, the second component of the clinic began as members of the incredible Minespec Mermaids cheer squad eagerly led a dance class.
"This Mega Jaws event typified what our club is all about: inclusivity and community. It was special to see everyone having so much fun," Tonegato said.
"We understand that small acts of kindness can leave a massive impact. It was great to embrace the Christmas spirit and engage with so many dedicated supporters.
"We saw plenty of slick footy skills and enthusiastic dancing, but most importantly there were beaming smiles and laughs all around."
The next Sharks community clinic takes place on January 17 with a Junior Jaws Footy and Surf extravaganza at North Cronulla Beach. Learn more HERE.