Football ability- Ben Roche in England with Pararoos
SUFFOLK Park's Ben Roche has donned the Green and Gold for Australia and has jetted out to play with the Pararoos Paralympic Seven-a- Side team in the World Championships of Paralympic Football in the UK later this month.
Sixteen countries will be vying for the final eight places for the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro next year.
"It's awesome to represent Australia and have the opportunity to play in the Green and Gold," said Ben.
After losing all their federal funding in 2013, the Pararoos only had it restored six months ago, so instead of a four-year campaign, the team has had just six months to prepare.
Despite this Ben still rates them a chance.
"I think we can make it through to the top 10 and with luck make it into the final eight," he said.
Ben's partner Abby is extremely proud of his achievements.
"As long as I have known him Ben has just wanted to get to the Paralympics and I am extremely proud of him getting into the squad," she said.
"He has always been an ambassador to the younger kids."
Before the couple left Victoria to move to Byron Bay, Ben set up a football mentoring program for children with disabilities which has since been replicated across the all states.
When he returns from competition he plans to set up a similar program for North Coast.
Follow the Pararoos on their Facebook page and for more about Ben's football program email: firstname.lastname@example.org