Shared from the 8/1/2018 Leader Messenger eEdition

SOCCER

A special kind of world cup for our high school students

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Theo Ashley and Marco Coscia from Rostrevor College (rear) with Matthew Monaghan, Alex Freda, and Emily Monaghan from Charles Campbell College who will play in the tournament. PICTURE: AAP/SAM WUNDKE

HIGH school students with intellectual disablities from across the state are competing in a soccer tournament with a World Cup theme.

The event, held on August 1, brings together more than 100 students to play four matches each at Rostrevor College.

Schools including East Adelaide Education Centre, Roma Mitchell Secondary College, Craigmore High and Para Hills High will take part under the flags of various nations. Students have been learning about the nations they are representing.

East Adelaide Year 12 student Emily Monaghan said the event was a chance to play the sport she likes watching at Coopers Stadium.

“It’s lots of fun, there’ll be lots of new people I’ve never met,” she said.

The soccer tournament celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics movement’s work to support Australians living with intellectual disability.

“When you have a sporting event like this, it’s an opportunity to focus on what people living with a disability can do, rather than what they can’t do,” said Special Olympics SA community sport co-ordinator Igor Negrao.

Rostrevor College Year 10 student Marco Coscia will join fellow student volunteers to referee matches across the event.

“I’ve done a bit of refereeing,” he said. “If the kids enjoy it, then it’s really worthwhile.”

Rostrevor student volunteers will also provide on-field motivation and support for competing players.

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