The sight of Sydney FC A-League stars Milos Ninkovic and captain Alex Wilkinson alongside Sky Blues Powerchair skipper Jordan Crane helping to launch the 2022 Powerchair Football World Cup has created a real buzz and sense of excitement among the growing Powerchair Football community.
The launch is just the tip of the iceberg for next year’s big event with a huge amount of work already gone into bringing the tournament, featuring defending Champions France, two-time champions USA, and the likes of England, Argentina, Uruguay and Japan, to Sydney.
Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer and 2022 FIPFA World Cup Local Organising Committee Member Danny Townsend said: “This is going to be a fantastic event which we are all looking forward to and we are very proud to host.
“The sport is really growing and having the World Cup in Australia is only going to help boost Powerchair Football in this country.
“At Sydney FC we’ve enjoyed a number of years of success in the Powerchair arena and we should all be very proud of our Poweroos who are the reigning Asian Champions and are ranked fourth in the World.”
Sydney FC Powerchair Captain Jordan Crane is a regular for the Poweroos – Australia’s national squad – and is set to be a prominent member in the Green & Gold during the 2022 FIPFA World Cup.
“I am honoured and grateful to be a part of the Australian Powerchair Football World Cup launch,” he said.
“I take great pride in representing Australia and Sydney Powerchair FC. Powerchair football is my passion and my life.
“It is awesome that Sydney FC are all on board in supporting our game and promoting it to the broader community to see.
“Sydney FC is the team I support and love being a part of Sydney FC family.”
Adding to Sydney FC’s ties to the 2022 competition, Sky Blues’ Creative Director Amos Hong was tasked with designing the tournament’s logo.
“The centrepiece for the logo is the football. This signifies the reason why everyone is coming together for this event,” he explained.
“The shapes that surround the football are to show visually the speed and movement of the Powerchair. This is to convey the pace and movement of the game.
“The Opera House, as an iconic Sydney landmark, is incorporated into the logo and the sun above it combines to celebrate the body and head of a Powerchair player.
“The colours are to symbolize the vibrancy of Sydney and also the multiculturalism that makes Sydney the city that it is.
“The sky blue colour that is synonymous with Sydney/NSW sporting teams was included in the title for the words “World Cup 2022”.”
Sydney FC are delighted to have the FIPFA World Cup in the harbour city and encourage as many fans as possible to turn out and cheer on the Poweroos when the tournament kicks off in October 2022, hosted at Sydney Olympic Park’s Quaycentre.
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