Illawarra sports star Mecenzi Howard was bowled over when she received an invitation in the mail to “meet Charlie”.
“I can’t wait, I’m really excited,” said the 15-year-old from Horsley.
The boccia star, who has cerebral palsy, didn’t think twice about accepting the invitation to tonight’s Diamond Jubilee Reception at the Sydney Opera House for Prince Charles and Camilla.
“He’s famous, I’m going to meet Charlie,” she said yesterday.
Mecenzi’s mum, Toni Howard, is intrigued as to how the invitation came about.
“When she got the letter she was screaming, ‘mum, look, look’, she was so excited I came running,” Mrs Howard said.
“We have no idea where this came from; it’s because of all her sporting achievements, someone has obviously put her name up but we don’t know who,” she said. “She was so happy, it’s really exciting for her.”
Mecenzi, who has been selected in the senior team for the Paralympic Preparation Program, said she couldn’t wait till tonight and would report back on how it went.