Unforgettable moments at the 2023 National Para Football Championships: Champions crowned and hearts won

In an electrifying display of talent, teamwork, and determination, the 2023 National Para Football Championships came to a thrilling close, with New South Wales emerging as the reigning champions. Hosted in Perth/Boorloo for the first time by Football Australia, Football West and Football Futures Foundation, this year’s tournament showcased extraordinary sportsmanship and highlighted the incredible abilities of para footballers from across the nation.

After days of intense competition, New South Wales emerged as the champions, their journey marked by stellar performances and unwavering team spirit. Their victory was a testament to dedication, proving that hard work and determination could overcome any challenge on the pitch.

2023 National Para Football Championships Winners: NSW
2023 National Para Football Championships Runners-Up: WA
2023 National Para Football Championships Bronze: VIC

Among the standout players, a number of talents shone brightly, earning the prestigious titles of Golden Glove, Golden Boot, FT1, FT2 and FT3 Player of the Tournament, Young Player of the Tournament and Player of the Tournament. Their exceptional skills, crucial goals, and remarkable plays were pivotal to their team’s success, capturing the admiration of fans and players alike.

Golden Glove: Taine Wihare – FA Select
Golden Boot & FT3 Player of the Tournament: Daniel Campbell – NSW
FT2 Player of the Tournament: Augustine Murphy – NSW
FT1 Player of the Tournament: Kaylan Van Heer – VIC
Young Player of the Tournament: Giacomo Izzo – WA
Player of the Tournament: Connor Bunce – WA

The tournament was a whirlwind of nail-biting matches and heart-stopping moments, showcasing the inclusivity and diversity of para football. Each goal, save, and pass resonated with the spirit of unity and sportsmanship, proving that passion knows no boundaries.

The spotlight also fell on the inspiring Gold Fields State WA Paras team, whose perseverance and sportsmanship were exemplary. Their journey, both on and off the pitch, inspired spectators, establishing them as the winners of hearts. Their remarkable performance underscored that Western Australia is indeed a force to be reckoned with, promising a bright future for the sport.

A round of applause is well-deserved for Queensland, Victoria, and the Football Australia Select teams, who displayed exceptional teamwork and resilience throughout the competition. Their achievements were celebrated, reminding everyone that every participant was a champion in their own right.

In the final moments, as the whistle echoed, the event left a lasting impression. It served as a reminder that in the world of sports, everyone is a champion, regardless of the scoreline. The Football Futures Foundation expressed heartfelt gratitude to all participants, coaching teams, supporters, and sponsors who made the championship unforgettable.

Special thanks were extended to Football Australia, Football West, Football NSW, Football Victoria, and Football Queensland for their invaluable contributions. The Foundation also expressed gratitude to Gold Fields and KingKira Group, sponsors of the Gold Fields State WA Paras team, whose support made a significant impact.

As the curtains fell on the 2023 National Para Football Championships, the memories of passion, determination, and unity will continue to inspire future generations. The tournament was more than just a competition; it was a celebration of the human spirit, reminding us all that in sports, every heart that participates is a champion.