Home game selection for Connor
Albany striker Connor Moseley will be part of the first Pararoos match on home soil since 2000. He was named in the 14-man squad to take on Canada at Cromer Park in NSW this Saturday.
Moseley, a Year 10 student at Bethel Christian School, will make his eighth appearance in the national men’s team for athletes with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury or symptoms acquired from stroke.
Earlier this year Moseley played for the Pararoos at the International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football World Cup and is fresh off a dominant performance in the national championships in October where he won the golden boot after scoring 15 goals in six games.
The 16-year-old, whohas scored four goals in his seven appearances for the Pararoos, said it was pleasing to be selected for a rare home fixture, as his team build towards the IFCPF Nations Championships to be held in Spain in June next year.
“It’s very exciting, to be playing in front of a home crowd for the first time,” Moseley said.
“The Pararoos are all one family, you have all your mates there and we have trust for each other.
“We are trying to get as many people to come watch our home game as possible, which will help fund future things for our team.”
Moseley plays in the under-18 Albany Junior Soccer Association competition for Stirling Rangers and said he trains daily to keep at the level required to be part of the national program.
“My school Bethel is very supportive and always have my back,” he said.
“I train for one to two hours a day if possible and I try and catch up if do miss a day.”
Returning to face Canada will be a challenge for Moseley after he was knocked out in an aerial contest the last time they met.
Moseley was diagnosed with mild right-sided hemiplegia at the age of two.
The Pararoos take on Canada at 2.30pm WA time on Saturday in their first home game since the 2000 Paralympic Games.
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