A DOCUMENTARY highlighting the Australian Pararoos, which features local lad Cosi Cirillo, PICTURED, will be screened locally next week.

The Mildura Weekly caught up with the 17-year-old from Mildura City Soccer Club in June when the documentary by Tom Ferguson was launched in Sydney, which would be used as a fund-raiser to help the Pararoos on their journey to next year’s World Cup in Spain.

A local screening will be held at St Joseph’s College Stadium next Wednesday, September 19.

The Pararoos are our international seven-a-side team for athletes with cerebral palsy, like Cosimo, and other neurological diseases, including stroke and traumatic brain injury.

In 2015, the Australian Sports Commission withdrew all government funding for the Pararoos program. Following the decision, Football Federation Australia (FFA) partnered with the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) to establish a tax-deductible fund to raise money to support footballing dreams.

The documentary tells the story of an amazing group of extraordinary players and their battle to exist in an ever-competitive sporting environment. It shines a light on the human side of growing up with a physical disability and just how important the sport is to their well-being.

“A lot of people don’t really know what we’re all about. Hopefully this film will give an indication of how we live our lives,” Cosi said earlier this year.

“I think this documentary will help show what we’re about and hopefully get us some of the support we need.

“It’s also great to show to other kids who have a disability that you can play sport and you can still represent your country if you want to. Hopefully we can give them something to look up to and remind them they’re not alone.”

‘Pararoos – A Documentary by Ferguson’ will be shown next Wednesday, September 19 at St Joseph’s College Stadium. Doors open at 7pm and the film starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets at $15 each are available from www.humantix.com.au.