Ms JODIE HARRISON (Charlestown) (16:55): ParaMatildas head coach Kelly Stirton has announced a 10-player squad for the 2022 International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football Women's World Cup, the first side to represent the ParaMatildas on the international stage.
I am so proud to report that my cousin Lainee, a year 12 Hunter Sports High School student, has been named to the side at number 5. Lainee is an extraordinary young woman who has overcome some great challenges.
Now she is on her way to Spain to run onto the field for her team and her country. I could not be more delighted for her. She has trained so hard. This is not the first time that Lainee has been part of history.
She was one of the first athletes with a disability to attend the 2019 Little Athletics camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. I wish her and her teammates all the best for the World Cup. Their first game, against the Netherlands, is tomorrow night. I congratulate Lainee and wish her good luck.