FREMANTLE CBC has stamped its authority as Perth’s leading all-abilities football club, with seven players selected in the WA team that will travel to the Gold Coast for the National Inclusion Carnival this month.
Midfielders Fillip Ranieri and Nick Rogerson, centre half back Kyron Timms, forwards Jayden Minervini and Raphael Gould, and utilities Sean McGowan and Daniel McCrorie will make the trip as part of the 16-man squad.
Fremantle CBC was one of the first Perth football clubs to develop an integrated program catering for people living with intellectual disabilities and now has close to 60 registered players.
Based out of Morris Buzzavott Reserve, the club’s program is so well established it now fields two of the seven teams in the WA Amateur Football Leagues’ integrated competition.
Timms, Rogerson and McGowan were among the 20 founding members of Fremantle CBC’s squad in 2010 and along with Ranieri formed part of the first WA team to contest the National Inclusion Carnival two years ago.
A squad of 25 players has spent the past four months training for the carnival and WAAFL integrated football program co-ordinator Greg Gilbee said earning a spot in the final 17-player team was no easy feat.
“Coaching is delivered by State and Kingsway coach Jamie Wynne, who provides an environment that challenges all players; there are no passengers in the process,” Gilbee said.
“For the players selected, it means the world to themselves, their families and support networks.
“It is recognition for their character, personal values, commitment and application.”
Gilbee said integrated football programs had benefits far beyond the usual fitness and camaraderie.
“We have players from all walks of life, now over 200 in total,” he said.
“Many of them had no social network, were living in isolation with no friends or family or positive role models.”
The National Inclusion Carnival runs from July 23 to 30 and includes teams from every state and territory.