In 2015 Ben took on the role of Access All Abilities Program Ambassador. Ben has been a great addition to the team at FFV, helping promote football as a sport for all and sharing this message with clubs, schools and individuals across Victoria.
Ben enjoys speaking to small and large groups, and is sure to inspire all those who are interested in football, and even those who didn’t think they were! If you would like Ben to visit your club, school or community group in 2018, please contact Sharon Wong, Project Development Coordinator - Diversity & Inclusion at FFV on (email@example.com or 9474 1805).
Ben started playing football at a very young age, despite his right side being affected by Cerebral Palsy. He faced many challenges as a young footballer, with many hours spent on the bench, and moving from club to club in order to find one that would support his development in the game. These challenges didn’t deter him from the game, and Ben is now the only Victorian representative in the Pararoos - the Australian National Paralympic Football Team.
Ben’s achievements include:
Ben’s career highlight was scoring 9 goals in the 2011 World Cup in Holland, including 4 against Spain in the opening game that saw the Pararoos record their first ever win against the Spanish team.
Ben has now been playing football at a National level for nearly 15 years, and hopes to play for many more. He has become a voice for footballers with disabilities, and invests his time in mentoring many young athletes, and supporting the development of inclusive programs.