Head coach Kelly Stirton has selected an 11-player squad as the ParaMatildas commence their first ever national team training camp with the inclusion of 5 NSW players, Holly Saunders, Nicole Christodoulou, Taylor Doyle, Eloise Northam and Rae Anderson.
Held at the Australian Institute of Sport alongside their national team compatriots, the Commonwealth Bank Junior Matildas and Commonwealth Bank Young Matildas, the three day camp marks the official commencement of the ParaMatildas preparation for the historic 2022 IPCPF Women’s World Cup.
Stirton expressed her anticipation for the first assembly of the ParaMatildas players and staff.
“It’s an exciting time and it’s the first time we have been together as a team under the ParaMatildas name,” Stirton said.
“This camp is about connecting as a squad, developing the team culture and building a solid platform to take to the World Cup. The coaching staff and team are on a high and can’t wait to get on the field.”
Ranked number four in the world, earlier this week the ParaMatildas’ IFCPF Women’s World Cup pool opponents were revealed with Australia taking on Japan, the United States, Spain and the Netherlands. The tournament will take place from 8 – 18 May 2022.
Australia’s national team for footballers with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury and symptoms of stroke, CP football is a seven-a-side sport with smaller goals, 30-minute halves and no offside.
Players are classed as FT1, FT2 and FT3 depending on how their disability affects a player, with at least one FT1 player and a maximum of one FT3 player required at all times.
With a clear goal in sight Stirton and her coaching staff will enter the training camp with full focus.
“Our goal is to build a strong world class team. It’s a tight turn around but I believe we can certainly push for that top spot. Our goal in the World Cup is to play our best football and for the players to finish the tournament proud of their accomplishments.”
Be a part of the ParaMatildas journey
Australians can get behind the ParaMatildas World Cup campaign by making a tax-deductible donation to the team here.
Every donation over $2 made to the squad is tax-deductible and will go directly to supporting national team training camps, coaching, sports science, and tournament costs to ensure that the ParaMatildas have the best possible chance to represent Australia on the world stage.
Another way to support the ParaMatildas, while also supporting the Commonwealth Bank Matildas, is to purchase a ticket to Australia’s upcoming international friendlies against New Zealand in Townsville and Canberra. $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the ParaMatildas. Tickets to CommBank Matildas v New Zealand are on sale here.
PARAMATILDAS SQUAD | TRAINING CAMP | 1 – 3 APRIL 2022
|1||Holly SAUNDERS||19||Sydney, NSW||FT1|
|2||Georgia BEIKOFF||29||Newcastle, NSW||FT2|
|3||Nicole CHRISODOULOU||30||Sydney, NSW||FT2|
|4||Taylor DOYLE||30||Sydney, NSW||FT2|
|5||Lainee HARRISON||18||Newcastle, NSW||TBC|
|6||Matilda MASON||30||Canberra, ACT||FT2|
|7||Emily O’SULLIVAN||28||Adelaide, SA||FT2|
|8||Katelyn SMITH||26||Perth, WA||TBC|
|9||Rachel TOLSON||22||Shearwater, TAS||TBC|
|10||Eloise NORTHAM||19||Sydney, NSW||TBC|
|11||Rae ANDERSON||25||Wamberal, NSW||TBC|