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The team that will represent Victoria at the 2019 Invacare Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Championships has been announced.

The 2019 Victorian squad includes three debutants, Anthony Perito, Ryan Smith and Yasmina McGlone, adding strength to the side that finished third at last year’s event.

The squad highlights the success of the Robert Rose Foundation Victorian Wheelchair Football League in identifying new talent and supporting players as they develop in the sport.

The National competition has an open classification system in place allowing people with and without a disability the opportunity to participate. This year will be the first time that all Victorian representatives identify as having a physical disability or impairment, which is a huge milestone for the AFL Wheelchair program in Victoria.

The 2019 Invacare Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Championships will take place at the St Claire Recreation Centre in Adelaide from April 11-13.


2019 Victorian Squad List

Anthony Perito* (ESSENDON), Caleb Logan (ESSENDON), James Leonard (ESSENDON), Louis Rowe (ESSENDON), Patrick McKay (ST KILDA)

Peter Ogunyemi (HAWTHORN), Ryan Smith* (ST KILDA), Yasmina McGlone* (RICHMOND)

The 2019 Victorian team is proudly supported by AFL Victoria, Disability Sport and Recreation and the Robert Rose Foundation.

Victoria Launches State AFL Wheelchair League

More Victorians will have access to playing Australian Football in season 2018, with the launch of the inaugural Robert Rose Foundation Victorian Wheelchair Football League (VWFL). 


In partnership with the Robert Rose Foundation, AFL Victoria and Disability Sport and Recreation, the new league is the first opportunity people with a physical disability will have to play AFL in a regular state-wide competition. 

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Collingwood Football Club Celebrates Courage Of People With Disabilities

The Magpies have adopted a man who embodies what the trophy stands for – celebrating people with disability and their courage. Our administration assistant Roy shares his story about life as a quadriplegic, his journey since 2009 and his work for Collingwood Football Club and the Robert Rose Foundation with Jo Hall #disabilityinclusion

The Story Of Robert Rose
A very moving and touching interview by our director, Kevin Rose about the story of his nephew Robert Rose. Kevin talks about the importance of the Robert Rose Foundation and why we continue to help those in need living with a spinal cord injury.

Kevin Rose Receieves OAM At Government House

Kevin Rose, a director of the Robert Rose Foundation received his OAM, Order of Australia Medal from her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM at Government House on 15th April, 2016. The OAM was awarded to Kevin Rose on the Queen's Birthday, 2015, in recognition of his services to the AFL and the community.

Recognising Robert Rose, article by Glenn McFarlane

Glenn McFarlane, who is a Herald Sun journalist and Collingwood Historian, wrote a very touching article for the Collingwood Forever website about Robert Rose. You can read the article in full here

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