World cup dreams come true

Jetsetter: Jordan Crane will fly to Florida in two week's time to represent Australia at the power chair world cup. Picture: Simon Bennett

Jetsetter: Jordan Crane will fly to Florida in two week's time to represent Australia at the power chair world cup. Picture: Simon Bennett

For the past eight years Jordan Crane has dreamed of representing his country at the power chair football world cup.

In two weeks time his dream will come true.

Mr Crane will fly to Florida to compete in the Australian team against nine other countries for the chance to win the prestigious International Federation of Power Chair Football (FIPFA) world cup.

The Narellan Vale resident has muscular dystrophy and he is also deaf but he doesn’t let that hold him back on the field.

“I love playing with friends and representing my club, Sydney FC,” Mr Crane said.

“Playing for Australia will make me very proud.”

The game is played similar to soccer but with only four players on the field.

The 21-year-old said he expects the world cup competition to be tough.

“We could be playing six or seven games all up,” he said.

“We are going there a week early so we can get used to the weather and do training for the first week.

“We hope we can do better than the last world cup where [the Australian team] came seventh.”

Mr Crane’s family will all make the trip to Florida support him.

His mother, Kelly said she was very proud of him.

“He had to fight for his spot on the team,” she said.

“In the qualifying game it came down to him and one other player but he went out and smashed it by scoring three goals.

“We’re very excited.”

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