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The WA State Paralympic team: Back (L-R): Patrick Amato, Christopher Minutillo, Samuel McConnachy, Connor Bunce. Front (L-R) Setha Chhum, Giacomo Izzo, Alessandro La Verghetta, Rodrigue Niyongere, Andrew Staddle Absent: Chris Barty, Jordan De Stefano, Brad Scott. Photo: Fotoenzo

State Paralympic team heads to National Championships

Football West News

The WA State Paralympic team will travel to Sydney today to take part in the National Paralympic 7-a-Side Football Championships.

Jordan de Stefano, from Wannanup, will captain WA at the four-day tournament to be held at Valentine Sports Park in New South Wales.

De Stefano and WA teammates Rodrigue Niyongere and Alessandro La Verghetta were part of a 22-player Pararoos squad, which participated in a three-day training camp in Melbourne in June.

Football West Chief Executive Officer James Curtis said the tournament was a fantastic opportunity for WA players to showcase their talent to the rest of Australia and potentially be identified for future Pararoos training camps.

“We had seven people representing the state in Pararoos’ training camps earlier this year and I know we have as much talent in the WA squad heading over to Sydney today,” he said.

“We are committed to providing equal football opportunities for all abilities and it’s great to have these players representing WA this week.

“These tournaments provide invaluable opportunities for everyone involved and I wish them the best of luck over the next few days.”

The WA side, coached by Dr Fadi Maayah, will take on teams from ACT, Victoria and NSW.


WA State Paralympic squad:

Shirt number Name Suburb
1 Chris Barty Bassendean
4 Christopher Minutillo Spearwood
5 Jordan De Stefano Wannanup
9 Connor Bunce Torbay
10 Brad Scott Bunbury
11 Rodrigue Niyongere Wanneroo
14 Patrick Amato Hamilton Hill
17 Samuel McConnachy Alexander Heights
18 Setha Chhum Alexander Heights
21 Alessandro La Verghetta Balcatta
Physio Damian Vance Quinns Rocks
Head Coach Dr Fadi Ma’ayah Noranda
Assistant Coach Michael Owens Inglewood
Performance Officer Alvin Goh Joondalup