The ParaMatildas are back as Australia hosts 2023 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championships

Above: Today’s gathering announcing Australia will host the IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championships with ParaMatildas, ParaRoos, and officials present. Photo: Mark Avellino/Football Australia. by Ben Gilby (17/3/23). Australia has been confirmed as the host of the men’s and women’s 2023 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championships (Para Asian Cup) following a decision made by the International Federation of Cerebral PalsyContinue reading “The ParaMatildas are back as Australia hosts 2023 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championships”

ParaMatildas Stars Honoured At Para Football Awards

Impetus’ Ben Gilby brings us all the news from the Australian Para Football Awards in the women’s categories (25/9/22). Above: Katelyn Smith displays her Player of the Year Award today. Photo supplied to Impetus by: Football Australia. Goalkeeper Katelyn Smith was named Player of the Year at the 2022 Annual Para Football Awards held at the SouthportContinue reading “ParaMatildas Stars Honoured At Para Football Awards”

Nicole Christodoulou: ParaMatildas Star Puts Her Name Down In History

The ParaMatildas World Cup runner-up speaks to Impetus’ Ben Gilby about the challenges that she faced to adapt after two life-changing strokes, and how she overcame them to record some of the greatest achievements in Australian female Para Football (3/6/22). Above: Nicole Christodoulou (2) in action for the ParaMatildas against Spain in the World CupContinue reading “Nicole Christodoulou: ParaMatildas Star Puts Her Name Down In History”

Tahlia Blanshard: Driven By The Dreams

The ParaMatildas star, who earned a runners-up medal in the recent World Cup, speaks exclusively to Impetus’ Ben Gilby about her sporting experiences, an incredible fortnight at the World Cup, and the ParaMatildas’ ability to inspire disabled children around the world (30/5/22). Above: Tahlia Blanshard (3) in action for the ParaMatildas against Japan in theContinue reading “Tahlia Blanshard: Driven By The Dreams”

ParaMatildas: Georgia Biekhoff & Kelly Stirton On A “Surreal” Week

Ahead of today’s inaugural CP Women’s World Cup Final, Impetus’ Ben Gilby heard from top scorer Georgia Biekhoff and head coach Kelly Stirton (17/5/22). Above: Outstanding Para-athlete Georgia Biekhoff speaking ahead of the ParaMatildas’ World Cup Final today. Photo: Football Australia. Georgia Biekhoff is not just an incredible footballer. She is a true inspirational allContinue reading “ParaMatildas: Georgia Biekhoff & Kelly Stirton On A “Surreal” Week”

Katelyn Smith: Living The Dream At The World Cup

With the ParaMatildas now midway through the group stage at their inaugural World Cup, goalkeeper Katelyn Smith answered Impetus editor Ben Gilby’s questions. It’s an inspirational story of bravery and overcoming barriers to join her heroes Sam Kerr and Ellie Carpenter as the list of female Australians who have represented their country at a WorldContinue reading “Katelyn Smith: Living The Dream At The World Cup”

Kelly Stirton on Leading The ParaMatildas

ParaMatildas head coach Kelly Stirton answered Impetus’ Ben Gilby‘s questions ahead of the team’s opening World Cup match today (11/5/22). Above: ParaMatildas head coach Kelly Stirton. Photo: Ann Odong – Football Australia. We want to now show that the barrier is broken for women in this sport. Women who have CP, ABI, and have hadContinue reading “Kelly Stirton on Leading The ParaMatildas”

ParaMatildas and Young Matildas World Cup News

The ParaMatildas’ World Cup campaign opens next week and Impetus hears from head coach Kelly Stirton after this week’s training camp. The Young Matildas also found out their opponents for August’s U20 World Cup and we heard the views of head coach Leah Blayney (6/5/22). Above: The ParaMatildas pictures at their Sydney training camp thisContinue reading “ParaMatildas and Young Matildas World Cup News”

ParaMatildas Announce First Ever Training Squad

Impetus’ Ben Gilby hears all about the ParaMatildas’ first squad gathering in Canberra (1/4/22). Above: The ParaMatildas players gather today for a historic training camp. Photo: Football Australia. Head coach Kelly Stirton has selected an 11-player squad as the ParaMatildas today commence their first-ever national team training camp. Held at the Australian Institute of SportContinue reading “ParaMatildas Announce First Ever Training Squad”

Junior Matildas and Para Matildas News

Earlier today, both the Junior Matildas and ParaMatildas released important news ahead of training camps and World Cups (28/3/22). Above: Action from a previous Junior Matildas training camp from March 2021. Photo: Football Australia. Junior Matildas Head Coach Rae Dower has called up 22 promising young footballers as the Commonwealth Bank Junior Matildas return toContinue reading “Junior Matildas and Para Matildas News”