WA Paralympic State team coach Goran Stajic has ended his three-year appointment on a high after his side finished runners-up at the National Paralympic Football Championships at Valentine Sports Park in Sydney.
Stajic, who guided the WA State Paralympic team to fifth place in 2014, fourth place in 2015 and runners-up at the recent Championships, is grateful for his time spent as head coach.
“It is with mixed emotions that I step away from the WA Paralympic Football Team,” he said.
“The best part of my week is the time I spend with the team at training, on the road, and at tournaments.
“It is time for me to spend more time with my family and further advance my coaching accreditation. I feel that the program is on solid footing and can’t wait to see what they’ll do next year.”
Stajic will continue his involvement with the Australian Paralympic team, under-19 Young Pararoos and Perth Glory NPL juniors, and thanked Football West Inclusive development officer Gordon Duus for his assistance over the years.
“His commitment and endeavour to continuously improve the program is testament of his will to make it the best inclusive program in the country,” he said.
“I wish Gordon and Football West the very best as they embark on a new era of WA Paralympic Football.”
WA had topped the standings after the round-robin stage but were beaten 3-0 by hosts New South Wales in the grand final.
WA, who had drawn 2-2 with New South Wales earlier in the tournament, were unfortunate in an end-to-end final that was settled by two goals from Jack Williams and another from Ben Atkins.
Australian Pararoos player Nicholas Prescott was named WA’s Most Valuable Player in a tournament packed with impressive Western Australian performances.
Chris Barty claimed the Goalkeeper of the Tournament award for his outstanding efforts between the posts.