Para­roos doc­u­men­tary screen­ing

The Advocate (Perth) - - WAFL -

SOME of Aus­tralia’s most in­spir­ing ath­letes will be on show – not on the field, but on the sil­ver screen.

A doc­u­men­tary about the Para­roos is be­ing shown at Wes­ley Col­lege on Au­gust 19.

The Para­roos are our na­tional soc­cer squad com­prised of play­ers with cere­bral palsy, ac­quired brain in­juries or stroke.

The film tells the per­sonal sto­ries of bul­ly­ing and dis­crim­i­na­tion the play­ers have felt through­out their lives and their cam­paign at the 2017 World Cham­pi­onships in Ar­gentina.

The team’s fund­ing was with­drawn be­fore the tour­na­ment.

Direc­tor Tom Fer­gu­son said this put im­mense pres­sure on the play­ers.

“Ev­ery game in Ar­gentina was a high­stakes mo­ment,” Mr Fer­gu­son said.

“Ev­ery game had the po­ten­tial to de­fine the side’s fu­ture. And ev­ery game was a chance to prove them­selves to the world.”

The screen­ing is a tick­eted event, with all funds go­ing to the Para­roos.

For tick­ets, visit­man­i­­roos­movie.

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