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Maddison, 7, gets Origin call-up

ORIGIN DEBUT: Maddison Young will be tossing the coin at Wednesday’s Origin game alongside brother Brayden.
ORIGIN DEBUT: Maddison Young will be tossing the coin at Wednesday’s Origin game alongside brother Brayden. Jim Alouat

IN FRONT of a massive crowd at ANZ Stadium two Bundaberg children will be the centre of attention at tonight's State of Origin match.

It may only be for an instant but for Maddison Young, 7, and her older brother Brayden, 9, it will be a moment they will carry with them forever.

The lucky duo will walk out onto the stadium hand-in-hand before Maddison tosses the coin to get the third and final game underway.

Maddison was selected for the honour after winning a competition held during the Road to Origin tour, which stopped off at Salter Oval last month.

"You had to upload a photo yourself or of the kids to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag roadtoorigin," Maddison's mum Amanda said.

"I created an Instagram and Twitter account to do it," she said.

Last week, Amanda received a Facebook message from Holden marketing team saying Maddison had won.

"I thought it was a hoax," Amanda said.

"We don't win anything. So to win something so big is amazing."

But there was a small problem.

The competition was only for two people - Maddison and Amanda - but Amanda's husband Daniel and son Brayden are die-hard league supporters.

"We told Holden we were there at Salter Oval that day for Brayden because he plays footy," Amanda said

"Holden said 'we'll get back to you'.

"We had to buy the flights for Brayden and my husband but they paid for the game tickets for all o us, upgraded our accommodation and arranged it so Brayden could walk Maddison out onto the field because she might be a bit shy.

Brayden says he is excited.

"We get to meet the two captains Paul Gallen and Cameron Smith. I can't wait."

Maddison admitted to a few nerves before her Origin debut but will do everything she can to get her coin-tossing rhythm up to standard.

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