CommBank Pararoos legend Ben Roche Appointed as Para Teams Manager

In a historic move for CP football in Australia, legendary CommBank Pararoos player Ben Roche has been appointed as the Para Teams Manager for both the CommBank Pararoos and CommBank ParaMatildas.

The announcement marks a significant step forward in advancing inclusivity and accessibility within Australian football. Roche, known for his outstanding contributions as a player for the CommBank Pararoos and his work with the Subway Olyroos and CommBank Matildas, brings a wealth of experience and passion to his new role.

Having been involved with the CommBank Pararoos since he was 11 and playing a pivotal role in the growth of the CommBank Pararoos program, Roche is well-equipped to lead both teams through a year of domestic training camps, national competitions, and the highly anticipated 2024 IFCPF Men’s and Women’s World Cups in Spain.

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity,” Roche said.

“The Para space is something I’m deeply passionate about, and I see this role as another opening door moment not only for myself but for future individuals in the same boat.”

With a focus on growth and sustainability, Roche aims to continue the momentum generated by both programs in the previous year. The ParaMatildas’ triumph at the 2023 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Women’s Championships along with the CommBank Pararoos’ impressive performance in reaching the final at the same tournament, highlights the potential for success on the global stage.

“Our goal is to continue growing and reaching different parts of the country,” Roche emphasised.

“We want to create a program that aspiring athletes are proud to be a part of.”

In addition to on-field success, Roche is committed to promoting inclusivity and raising awareness for Para football in Australia. Through strategic initiatives and important conversations, he aims to elevate the standard of Para football and ensure that opportunities are accessible to all.

“I believe we can lead the way in fostering inclusivity within the sporting community,” Roche said.

“It’s about creating a supportive environment where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.”

As preparations for the 2024 IFCPF World Cups intensify, Roche’s appointment signals a new chapter for Australian CP football. With his leadership and vision, the CommBank Pararoos and CommBank ParaMatildas are poised to make an impact on the world stage and empower a new generation of athletes.

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