We are pleased to announce the Victorian Team and the Head Coach for the upcoming Australian Powerchair Football Nationals to be held in Sydney in October 14 – 22. Over the past few months, athletes from around the state have been training and showing their skills to a group of selectors lead by newly appointed Head Coach, Rebecca Gulle. Training drills and matches were held throughout the recent Winter Season and with a remaining two sessions, training will intensify before the team leaves to compete against six other teams from Australia and New Zealand. Victoria hope to improve on their 5th place finish in 2016.
Victorian Powerchair Football Team 2017:
1. James North-Coombes
3. Shaun Mott
6. Craig Kilby
9. Jules North-Coombes
17. Daniel Maugeri
23. Luke David
24. Dominic Renye
Head Coach: Rebecca Gulle
Assistant Coach: Luke David
The Powerchair Football team will include two debutantes in Daniel Maugeri and Dominic Renye who will also be representing Victoria for the very first time in any powerchair sport. Well done and congratulations to all athletes selected and to Rebecca.
In the coming weeks, Rebecca will announce the Captain and Vice-Captain. We asked her how she was feeling about the upcoming National event..
“I’m really excited to bring a competitive team to nationals this year. We have a good group of guys and for the first time in VEWSA history we’ve been able to provide a full squad in Powerchair Football which is exciting for everyone involved!”
In another exciting development, two new Strikeforce chairs made their way to Victoria. Strikeforce chairs are specifically built for Powerchair Football, giving players more acceleration and more control over their speeds. There’s now three Strikeforce chairs in Victoria, which will make a big difference to the sport around the state. A big thank you goes out to Power Soccer Shop in the United States for sending out the Strikeforces so quickly and making the order process easy.
Powerchair Football can be played by anyone who uses a powerchair. It was introduced in Australia in 2011 and this years National event will be its 7th, where New South Wales (4) and Queensland (2) have dominated the competition.
We are currently looking for individuals or businesses that are interested in sponsoring our state team. All costs to attend the Nationals is covered by each player which equates to around $2,000 per player. Strikeforce chairs which most athletes from around the country and Internationally use are around $15,000 each. Victoria hope to send a team full of athletes with Strikeforces in the future. Sponsoring the team can be a great opportunity and there are many ways for us to make it worth your while. If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
VEWSA would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Football Federation Victoria who will be supplying polo tops for our athletes to wear during the competition. Partnerships such as these are vital in helping us continue to grow Powerchair Football around the state. It is also great for our athletes to be recognised with all their hard work and determination.
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