THE 2017 National Paralympic 7-a-Side Football Championships – held in Sydney on November 26 – proved a great success for the WA State team.
The WA squad placed third overall and claimed a 5-2 victory over Capital Football in the bronze medal final at Valentine Sports Park following the three-day competition involving teams from ACT, Victoria and NSW.
Wannanup resident and captain of the team Jordan De Stefano took home a bronze medal.
Alessandro La Verghetta also turned heads during the final, being awarded most valuable player.
A strong performance from goalkeeper Christopher Barty ensured he took home the goalkeeper of the tournament award.
The rest of the team, including Brad Scott, Setha Chhum, Chris Minutillo, Samuel McConnachy, Rodrigues Niyongere, Pat Amato and Connor Bunce, also took home bronze medals.
Football West head of development Jamie Harnwell said the success of the WA team at the tournament once again proved the talent WA had to offer.
“Having these players not only represent our state but also bring home several awards is an inspiration to our younger potential paralympic players following similar pathways” he said,
“It’s reflective of the hard work put in the by the team and the support staff over the past few months in the lead-up to the tournament and the players should be proud of their performance.”