Deaf soccer player Josh Chapman is off to represent Australia.
Deaf soccer player Josh Chapman is off to represent Australia. BRUCE THOMAS

Star footballer set for Korea

JOSH Chapman, the youngest player to represent Australia in deaf football, is used to sharing the field with and competing against men twice his age.

The 16-year-old local will head to South Korea in May to play for the Australian Deaf Football Team in the World Cup Qualifiers. If the team is successful, they will compete in the Second Deaf Football World Cup in Turkey next year.

Josh is well-known for his swimming feats and now he’s taking centre stage with his exceptional football skills.

“I started playing football when I was six and usually play right wing or striker.

“My favourite part is being able to run free with the ball,” Josh said.

However, adventuring does not come cheap and his mother Zita has been busy organising fundraisers to cover the $2100 Josh will need to cover his trip costs to the qualifiers in South Korea.

Rita’s first fundraiser is a slice drive. Rocky road, caramel slice, raspberry crumble, apricot slice and others, are delivered in a plastic container. To order, contact Zita on 0401 247 809. (Delivery can be organised too.)

Other fundraisers are barbecues – at Amart Allsports today, from 10am-3pm and Bunnings Warehouse on May 1, from 9am-4pm.

There will also be a trivia night at the Pier Hotel on April 16 at 7pm. It costs $10 per head for tables of eight. Bookings are essential on 0419 682 580.

There will be great prizes, raffles and an auction of sporting memorabilia.



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