Soccer: Western Knights players claim bronze at Special Olympics National Games

Mosman Park Western Knights 5 and 7-a-side players (l-r) Caden Sharp, Chris Cairns and Darren Reilly won at the Special Olympics National Games.
Mosman Park Western Knights 5 and 7-a-side players (l-r) Caden Sharp, Chris Cairns and Darren Reilly won at the Special Olympics National Games.

MOSMAN Park’s Western Knights Football Club players were able to win a medal at the Special Olympics National Games in Adelaide last month.

“The football, in both 7-a-side and 5-a-side games, was held over four days in a healthy competition with friendship between all teams, and both WA teams won bronze medals,” club spokesman Andrew Zuvela said.

The Western Knight contributed three players to the 80-strong WA team at the games, after the club’s Equal Footingball Senior team won their state championship in 2017.

Seven-a-side players Caden Sharp and Darren Reilly, and five-a-side player Chris Cairns, came back with the bronze medals from the Adelaide tournament.

“The Equal Footingball competition is for players with competitive disadvantages, and for their families to enjoy accessible sport, and to make friends with teammates and opponents,” Zuvela said.

The Western Knights were an inaugural participant in the Football West Equal Footingball league.

It has subsequently been found that people with disabilities have found the variation of the game as a first step to the Special Olympics and Paralympics.

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