Pararoos squad assembles in Sydney for three-day training camp

Pararoos Head Coach Kai Lammert today oversaw day one of a three-day training camp at Valentine Sports Park (VSP) in Sydney with 20 ambitious Australian footballers. 

The Pararoos – who are Australia’s football team for athletes with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, or symptoms acquired from stroke – will train at VSP until Sunday with a focus on their next major international tournament.

The Pararoos are set to venture to Kish Island in the Islamic Republic of Iran in November for the 2018 IFCPF* Asia-Oceania Championship. 

November’s tournament in IR Iran will double as the qualification process for the 2018 IFCPF World Cup to be held in Pinto, Spain, next July.

“The next three days will form a vital part of our preparations for November’s tournament in IR Iran,” Lammert said.

“We are determined to perform strongly at November’s Championship to ensure that we seal a place at next year’s World Cup in Spain, which will help us to develop as a team and continue to grow CP football in Australia.

“There are some very experienced Pararoos players in our squad for our camp in Sydney, however we will also have eight uncapped players with us at VSP which will provide them with a great learning opportunity and a chance to impress before November’s tournament,” he said.

Football fans can also meet the Pararoos and see them train on Saturday, 29 September 2018. From 10.30am, supporters are welcome to visit VSP and take part in the team’s first official fan day and open training session.

The draw for the 2018 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championship is yet to be confirmed, however Australia – who are currently ranked 16th in the world and 3rd in the Asia-Oceania confederation – will compete with other strong nations including IR Iran, Japan, Singapore, Korea Republic, and Thailand for a berth at next year’s World Cup. 

*International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football

Pararoos 20-player squad for Sydney training camp (Friday, 28 September 2018 – Sunday, 30 September 2018)

Name (State)

International Caps (Goals)

Ben ATKINS (NSW)

58 (4)

David BARBER (QLD)

85 (69)

Jeremy BOYCE (NSW)

0 (0)

Connor BUNCE (WA)

0 (0)

Daniel CAMPBELL (NSW)

2 (0)

Constandinos CHRISTODOULOU (VIC)

0 (0)

Harrison DOWDELL (NSW)

0 (0)

Thomas GOODMAN (NT)

31 (1)

Matthew HEARNE (VIC)

11 (0)

Alessandro LA VERGETTA (WA)

3 (0)

Taj LYNCH (NSW)

2 (0)

Angus MACGREGOR (VIC)

3 (0)

Connor MARSH (NSW)

24 (1)

Evan MOORBY (ACT)

0 (0)

Rodigue NIYONGERE (WA)

0 (0)

Nicholas PRESCOTT (WA)

9 (1)

Christopher PYNE (NSW)

92 (20)

Goki SAITO (NSW)

0 (0)

Bradley SCOTT (WA)

0 (0)

Benjamin SUTTON (NSW)

4 (0)


2018 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championship
Date: 22-30 November 2018
Location: Kish Island, IR Iran
Information: www.ifcpf.com

2019 IFCPF World Cup
Date:
 4-20 July 2019
Location: Pinto, Spain
Information: www.ifcpf.com