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Silver medalist Brad Scott (L) is now starring for the Pararoos. Photo by PHILIPPE MERLE/AFP/Getty Images

Silver machine Brad now eyes Para glory

Football West News

A West Australian who was on the podium at Beijing 2008 and in London four years later is set to secure sporting glory of a different kind tonight when he takes to the field in Iran.

Brad Scott won Paralympic silver in the 800 metres in China 10 years ago and followed it up with bronze in the same event in 2012 in England and a silver in the 1500m.

Now he is just one match away from helping Australia’s Pararoos reach the World Championships in Spain.

The Pararoos, Australia’s national 7-a-side football team for athletes with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury or symptoms acquired from stroke, have won their first two games at the 2018 IFCPF* Asia-Oceania Championship.

In their first match Scott was on target in an 11-0 rout of South Korea. And the team followed that up with a 3-0 defeat of Thailand.

And victory over Jordan at Kish Island will be enough to guarantee the Aussies a berth at the 2019 IFCPF World Championship in Seville next July.

Scott, 30, who retired from athletics in 2016 and returned to Bunbury to become a teacher, also has four medals from ther World Para Athletics Championships to his name.

In all there are three West Australians in the Pararoos squad, Scott, goalkeeper Chris Barty and Alessandro La Verghetta, who won the David Cantoni Disabilities in Football Player Achievement Award at the Football West 2018 All Flags WA Football Awards.

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The success of the Pararoos comes a month after the 2018 National CP Football Championships in Sydney.

The Gold Fields State Para Team finished fourth overall, winning two matches, and Football West Inclusive Development Officer Gordon Duus said the players were leading the way for others to shine.

“Players from all around Perth are discovering how the world game can serve ambitions,” Duus said.

“Brad Scott, a silver medallist and star for Australia in athletics, has shown he can use his head also, scoring from a header for his country on his debut in international CP football.

“There are other bright up and coming young stars, including Connor Bruce, the youth player of the year from Torbay, just outside of Albany, and two Wanneroo-based players Samuel McConnachy and Rodrigue Niyongere among others.”

The Paras football program in WA is also supported by Football West partners Healthway and Crystalise.

The Pararoos’ matches at the 2018 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championship will be streamed live via http://cp-football.irisfd.ir/

* International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football

Pararoos Squad for the 2018 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championship – November 2018 – Kish Island, IR Iran

Name (State)



Christopher BARTY (WA)



Matthew HEARNE (VIC)

Alessandro LA VERGHETTA (WA)



Connor MARSH (NSW)

Augustine MURPHY (NSW)

Christopher PYNE (NSW)

Benjamin ROCHE (NSW)

Bradley SCOTT (WA)

2018 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championship
Date: 22-30 November 2018
Location: Kish Island, IR Iran
Information: www.ifcpf.com

Pararoos Match Schedule

Game 1
Australia 11-0 Korea Republic
Saturday, 24 November 2018
Kick-off: 3pm (local); 7.30pm (WST)
Result: Australia 11 – 0 Korea Republic

Game 2
Thailand 0-3 Australia
Monday, 26 November 2018
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 8.30pm (WST)
Result: Thailand 0 – 3 Australia

Game 3
Australia v Jordan
Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 8.30pm (WST)
Live stream: http://cp-football.irisfd.ir/

Game 4
IR Iran v Australia
Thursday, 29 November 2018
Kick-off: 6pm (local); 1o.30pm (WST)
Live stream: http://cp-football.irisfd.ir/

2019 IFCPF World Cup
4-20 July 2019
Location: Seville, Spain
Information: www.ifcpf.com