The Pararoos are the Australian national football team in international 7-a-side competition for athletes with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries or injuries acquired from stroke. They are a side that have faced many hurdles in their personal lives as well as in their journeys to represent Australia on the world stage. This film explores different players personalities, the world of paralympic football and the importance of sport in mental and physical rehabilitation.
Pararoos Head Coach / Kai Lammert
Pararoos captain / David Barber
Pararoos vice-captain / Ben Roche
Pararoos defender / Ben Atkins
Directed by Tom Ferguson, this film discovers the stories behind the Pararoos and how important football is within their lives. It follows the team from their national championships where an initial squad is selected right through to their final game at the World Championships in San Luis, Argentina. We hear from the players that make-up the Pararoos and how it has changed their outlook on life and goes far beyond being just an ordinary international side.
In ‘The Pararoos’ documentary we follow the teams journey to the 2017 World Championships in Argentina. We discover the players’ personal stories, the significance of the Pararoos set-up in their lives, the importance of the coaching and backup staff and whether despite massive hurdles they can achieve their objective of a top ten ranking. The team is faced with many challenges along the way as they attempt to compete with professional national sides supported by much larger budgets. With unprecedented access into the inner sanctums of an international team’s changing room and training facilities this film displays the raw emotion driving a team in which each individual’s life is built on the foundation of defying the odds and never giving up.
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