One of Australia’s prominent former players has agreed to take the position of the Chair in the Local Organising Committee for the 2021 Powerchair Football World Cup held in Sydney during October.
With more than 320 appearances to his name in the former National Soccer League, Andy Harper has become the new chair and adds to a distinguished committee made up of FFA, Football NSW, Hyundai A-League club and Powerchair Football administrators and players.
Within the committee, both CEOs of the Sydney based clubs, John Tsatsimas and Danny Townsend, are key members. There is also highly-respected local sports lawyer Stuart Corbishley supporting the committee after recently going to the 2018 Invictus Games.
The Powerchair Football World Cup will be held at the Quay Centre in October 2021 and will involve around 10 countries from around the world.
Harper’s appointment as Chair is something that is proud to be leading the way with.
“I’m thrilled to be involved with this inspirational group of people, he said.
“Powerchair football is great to watch, certainly, but the character, passion, determination and perseverance of the players and their support networks is really the most outstanding thing.
“As well as acknowledging and supporting this part of Australia’s football family, the 2021 Powerchair Football World Cup will importantly generate increased empathy for those football lovers amongst us who face acute and very specific challenges every day of their lives.”
The following names are all those who currently have a place on the committee:
- Andy Harper (Committee Chair)
- Peter Turnbull (Australia Powerchair Football Association)
- Matt Cross (Australia Powerchair Football Association)
- Michael Keyte (Australia Powerchair Football Association)
- Martin Dalrymple (Australia Powerchair Football Association)
- Jacob Cross (Australia Powerchair Football Association)
- Chris Suffield (Australia Powerchair Football Association)
- Stuart Corbishley (Corbishley Law)
- John Tsatsimas (Western Sydney Wanderers)
- Danny Townsend (Sydney FC)
- Peter Hugg (Football NSW)
- Charlotte Ercil (Football NSW)
- Aaron Dibdin (Football NSW)
- Matt Rippon (Football Federation Australia)
The addition of Harper to this panel comes at a very important time as the World Cup preparations are already underway.