What an exciting week for our Powerchair Football Community it was!
On the 27th of April, Canberra United competed in its first ever Powerchair Football Club Championships. Players, coaches, and parents were over the moon to showcase to the rest of the country the development and hard work put into the program over the last few years.
During the week, Canberra United Powerchair team competed against the likes of Hills United, Sydney FC, and Adelaide United to name a few. The competition boasts some of the best Powerchair players in the world.
The competition was a great learning curve for our players but the improvement that was shown from the first game to the very last was incredible.
Canberra United captain, Brandon Stroud, thoroughly enjoyed the experience and is excited to see how much United can improve moving forward.
“During our time at the Club Championships, we learnt a lot from the players and teams to help us improve on our skills,” Stroud said.
“While we were resting after our games, we would watch other matches to see the skill levels of other teams and were amazed by the skills of some of the players. All the teams admired our team due to our never give up attitude. We just got on with it.
The main thing was that we had fun and always had a smile on our face. The best part of the Club Championship for me was seeing how much the team grew over a week and being able to meet my inspiration Abdullah Karim.
“I cannot wait to see what the future holds for the Canberra United Powerchair team. Go Canberra United and United Always”.
Canberra United Powerchair coaching staff , Kelly Stirton, and Mark Barnes, stated that the team should be very proud of their achievements.
“Each and every player improved out of sight throughout the week and the most pleasing thing was no matter the result, the team kept turning up to play with the biggest smiles on their faces, Barnes commented.
“One of my favourite moments of the trip was when Will McLennan, the youngest player in the tournament at 7-years-old, cored a long-range goal against South Melbourne. To see Will score that goal and drive straight over to his parents, fist pumping in the air with the biggest grin on his face, makes it all worth it.”
Capital Football are always looking for more players and volunteers to be involved in the Powerchair program. If you, or anyone you know is keen to give Powerchair a try, please get in touch.
Lastly, we want to thank Capital Region Muscular Dystrophy for their support in making this happen, as well as the support from Gungahlin United FC, Woden Valley SC, and Rotary. Your support never goes unnoticed.
Match 1: Western Sydney Wanderers 10-0 Canberra United
Match 2: Brisbane Strikers 7-0 Canberra United
Match 3: Hills United 11-0 Canberra United
Match 4: Brisbane City 10-0 Canberra United
Match 5: Sydney FC 8-1 Canberra United
Match 6: South Melbourne 8-1 Canberra United
Match 7: Newcastle Jets 13-0 Canberra United
Match 8: Adelaide United 7-0 Canberra United
Match 9: Canberra United 11-1 Referees