So busy – so much has happened!

I can only say that there has been so much happening since i last posted a blog that the best way for you all to hear about is to set aside some time and listen to it all here 🙂

oh and if you decide that you would like me to come and speak, i would be privileged and honoured 🙂

Have and awesome day

Claire 🙂

#SaveThePararoos

 

#SaveThePararoos

I the challenged Sports Minister Peter Dutton and PM Tony Abbot to match dollar-for-dollar the $175,000 I hope to raise from @Pararoo’s supporters.

Lets see if we can’t rally together and beat them at the own game and score the win 🙂

Being a team means being part of a community.

Lets show the government the true meaning of Aussie spirit and Community.

All it takes is 175,000 ppl to donate $1 So…. Who’s in?

Donate here:

Westpac Acc: FEVER Football for Everyone BSB 032713 ACC 391239, “Pararoos” in the description :)”

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/12yearolds-pararoos-plea-nets-a-form-response-from-tony-abbott-20140723-zvw6m.html#ixzz38kFDC2V4

You can also get updates @eyesofadream and https://www.facebook.com/events/248910068653308/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

If you want to support my #SaveTheParraoos campaign you can:

Donate at the Westpac Bank

Acc FEVER Football for Everyone

BSB – 032713 ACC – 391239

Pls write “Pararoos” in the description

You can sign the petition here:

http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/our-national-paralympic-soccer-team-just-got-silently-sacked-help-me-save-the-pararoos#

You can write to the sports minister here:

Peter.Dutton.MP@aph.gov.au

and you can follow whats happening here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Australian-National-Paralympic-Football-Team/170850242945571?fref=ts

or at

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Australian-National-Paralympic-Football-Team/179091575451276

or follow on at:

https://twitter.com/Pararoos

Claire 🙂

Dear Prime Minister

Dear Mr Abbott

I wrote to you last week about the the Pararoo’s asking for your help. Today I received a reply from you in the mail. I am thankful you took the time to reply but I have to say that I am also angry that you did not answer my questions. This is what I sent. “My name is Claire I am 12 years old and I love playing football. I am playing my fourth season this year in the Men’s National Premier League. I was diagnosed with low vision last year when I was playing with my girls junior league team. Having low vision for me means that I don’t have any 3 dimensional vision or depth perception. This obviously makes playing the game I love very, very hard. I wrote to you Mr Dutton after I read the article about the Pararoo’s funding going from $175,000 a year to nothing I couldn’t believe it! I know that is not a lot of money to go around when it comes to supporting sports. I can see that because professional women in sport still have to work to make ends meet, and I know that there is even less for athletes with a disability. I even know that there is only a very small amount dedicated to blind sports. When I read about the Pararoo’s funding being cut off completely I couldn’t help but be angry and sad and disappointed.
I was upset to listen to the video on the Australian Sports Commission Website about how funding gets divided up, and I it makes me feel angry to think that football should ever be about winning medals or to read that funding was cut off because of the Pararoo’s ranking. Aside from anything else how is it fair to benchmark the Pararoo’s performance when there is no other Paralympics side to compare it to in Australia. The Pararoo’s are currently ranked 10th in the world. The Socceroo’s world ranking is at 62nd the Matilda’s are 9th, are they going to have there funding axed too? Of course they aren’t there would be a huge outcry! Since when is sport meant to be about how many medals a team wins? What would happen if every Mum or Dad said to their kid ‘I’m not going to pay your football fees unless you win’? Now that I have had time to adjust to my low vision it its not so bad but I still have to work ten times as hard as my new teammates to get the same
results. For me there is no other option in football that suits my needs other than to play in a mainstream league, But the thing is their are some kids out there that have much bigger limitations than me. The FFA disability inclusion action plan is clear in saying that football will be supported and funded for athletes with a disability all the from children my age up to elite athletes, so I do not understand how this funding could be erased. If the Football Federation and the Australian Sports Commission are taking away the money for our countries only Paralympics football team that allows athletes with a disability to play, what hope is there for us kids? What do we have to aim for? What happens to our hero’s? How is that promoting
encouragement, respect or inclusion? Some one needs to ask Mr Dutton to step in and do something here! I figure your his boss so perhaps you can? The question I asked Mr Dutton was if I can get 175,000 supporters to pledge and provide $1 each will you match it dollar for dollar?”

“Dear Claire,
Thank you for taking the time to write to me. One of the most enjoyable things about being Prime Minister is hearing from young people like yourself. I congratulate you on taking an interest in our system of government. We are a great country and a great people. One day it will be the responsibility of you and your generation to lead our country. It says something positive about you that you were willing to take the time to write and share with me your thoughts about the issues that face our country. Our democracy truly rests on the idea that every individual counts and everyone can have his or her say on the issues that matter most to them. Thank you for your correspondence and I send you my best wishes.”
Yes Mr Abbott I did take time to write to you. I took a lot of time for two reasons, firstly because your website is not user friendly for those of us that need increased font size due to low vision, and secondly and most importantly because the Pararoo’s really need your help. I am offended by your response because you compliment me on taking an interest in what happens in our government but you don’t bother to answer even one of my questions. Mr Abbott I might only be a kid, but I just like the Australian Paralympic Football deserve better, I deserve proper answers to real questions. So I am asking you please. Read my letter again, talk to Mr Dutton about it. You talk about democracy resting “on the idea that every individual counts and everyone can have his or her say on the issues that matter most to them’ . Mr Abbott do you truly believe that? Isn’t democracy mean’t to about political or social equality, Isn’t democratic spirit meant to be about equality of rights and privileges? Mr Abbott I would respectably ask that you answer my questions about the Pararoo’s properly in particular question/challenge about raising funds for them.
From,
Claire Falls

 

 

If you want to support my #SaveTheParraoos campaign you can:

Donate at the Westpac Bank

Acc FEVER Football for Everyone

BSB – 032713 ACC – 391239

Pls write “Pararoos” in the description 

 

You can sign the petition here:

http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/our-national-paralympic-soccer-team-just-got-silently-sacked-help-me-save-the-pararoos#

You can write to the sports minister here: 

Peter.Dutton.MP@aph.gov.au

 

and you can follow whats happening here: 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Australian-National-Paralympic-Football-Team/170850242945571?fref=ts

or at 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Australian-National-Paralympic-Football-Team/179091575451276

or follow on at:

https://twitter.com/Pararoos

 

or of course be in touch with me 🙂

Australia’s only Paralympic Football team had all their funding cut! This is what I wrote to our govt departments!

I love playing football and am playing my fourth season this year. I was diagnosed with low vision last year when I was playing with my junior league team. Having low vision for me means that I don’t have any 3 dimensional vision or depth perception. This obviously makes playing the game I love very, very hard.

Yesterday I read the article about the Pararoo’s funding going from $175,000 a year to nothing I couldn’t believe it!

I know that is not a lot of money to go around when it comes to supporting sports. I can see that because professional women in sport still have to work to make ends meet, and I know that there is even less for athletes with a disability. I even know that there is only a very small amount dedicated to blind sports.

Yesterday when I read about the Pararoo’s funding being cut off completely I couldn’t help but be angry and sad and disappointed.

I was upset to listen to the video on the Australian Sports Commission Website about how funding gets divided up, and I it makes me feel angry to think that football should ever be about winning medals or to read that funding was cut off because of the Pararoo’s ranking.

The Socceroo’s world ranking is at 62nd the Matilda’s are 9th, are they going to have there funding axed too? Of course they aren’t there would be a huge outcry!

Since when is sport meant to be about how many medals a team wins? What would happen if every Mum or Dad said to their kid ‘I’m not going to pay your football fees unless you win’?

Now that I have had time to adjust to my low vision it its not so bad but I still have to work ten times as hard as my new teammates to get the same results. For me there is no other option in football that suits my needs other than to play in a mainstream league, But the thing is their are some kids out there that have much bigger limitations than me.

If the Football Federation and the Australian Sports Commission are taking away the money for our countries only Paralympics football team that allows athletes with a disability to play, what hope is there for us kids? What do we have to aim for? What happens to our hero’s? How is that promoting encouragement, respect or inclusion?

My question and challenge for you is, if I can get 175,000 supporters to pledge and provide $1 each will you match it dollar for dollar?

From
Claire Falls

A Decision That Goes Beyond Comparison

NotTheFootyShow

News that the Paralympic football program has lost all of its funding has angered many sports fans across the country. Probably because these Paralympic footballers epitomise the Australian spirit. They are all battlers who have in the main through their own dedication and commitment, financial and physical made it to be ranked number 10 in the World.

All of the players dream of fulfilling the Paralympic dream in Rio, yet with no funding they will now have to withdraw from international tournaments, their world ranking will lower and their chances of qualifying will evaporate. Some have even said that the Paralympic program will collapse.

Football has always promoted itself as being the most inclusive of sports and a game where there are so many avenues to international representation. There are mens and womens teams at senior level and junior level and all have the chance to play in World Cups…

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Are you without limits?

It has been a super massive week or two but it has also been super, super cool! Sometimes I wonder though, if other 11 year olds have as many questions in their heads as I do (hahaha). My question at the moment for all of who care to read what I write is….
Are you without limits?
The reason that I am thinking about this is because I am trying understand why it seems that a lot of people do have limits and why I am expected to?
In August last year I had an idea. At the time I didn’t really know what my “Really Big Idea” was going to translate into and I also didn’t know or really think that to much would come out of it, but what I did know was that I wasn’t happy about the way things were going, especially when it came to the way both adults and kids treated one on the soccer field and at school when it came to me needing to think outside of the box so that I could participate. I want to share with you a bit of what I wrote about how was feeling at the time, and why.  This is part of a letter that I wrote and sent to some very special people in the football world, asking for their help. This letter was specifically sent to the a very special lady, Heather Reid, CEO of Capital Football. Now wont put the whole thing here because it was very, very long, and this is going to be a long blog as it is, but don’t worry the important parts will be included 🙂
“I have thinking lots lately as you about ways that I might be able to encourage others, I want to encourage other kids in particular but even more again I want to encourage kids that have disabilities, impairments or other things going on that make them think they cant do stuff.”  
I have had a lot of time between being off school because of migraines and different Dr’s appointments and tests to have a really good think. I am glad that it has all settled down and I am glad that we know what can and cant be done, but one of the problems that I have come across is that I don’t fit into many of the categories that the Doctor’s or even sports teams use.”
my team mates are struggling with my audible ball. I don’t think I should have to ask to use it, but then maybe I should if my vision impairment affects others? And then there is the other problem of disability football in Canberra, there is no blind football league in Canberra, yes there is a league that includes people with Cerebral Palsy and maybe I think things like down syndrome, but I don’t have those problems. And even if there was a kids blind/low vision football league I wouldn’t fit into their rules either.”
Its the same with girls verses boys in sport, the boys at my school think they are so much than us girls, (I want to find the rules in audio format so that I can teach them a thing or two), but they think that because they are get to participate in far more than we do on different teams. Why do boys think they are better anyway?” 
“I think that their are a lot of people that need to change there way of thinking, why should anyone have to fit into someone else idea of who can or cant play football? ” 
“I was originally thinking of doing some kind of fundraiser for Vision Australia, but after talking to Mum and writing a lot of this stuff down I actually think there is something more important than that that I want this to be about. I want this to be about inclusion, I want everyone to know that everyone should be able to play. And when I was talking to you I was talking about doing a 24 hour Soccerathon, But after doing some research I actually think it would be great to a soccerathon that breaks the Guinness world record, cause the last record was set by boys.”
Now I have to tell you I didn’t actually think I would get a reply, I certainly didn’t think I would get reply directly from Heather herself. But then, why shouldn’t I? This is the point of this blog. Mum had originally suggested that I should write a list of my ideas and why’s behind them, I think secretly she was trying to slow me down a bit from hitting the ‘send’ button. She also suggested that because I was run down and hadn’t been feeling to great that maybe it would all be a bit to big for me to handle as well dealing with managing my headaches and school and vision stuff. And maybe she is a little be right be maybe she is a it wrong too. 
I don’t want to be the kid that listens when someone says “oh I don’t think you will be able to do that or that will really hard for you because you have low vision”. I mean why should I have to be that kid? And why should anybody else have to either? The fact is that they shouldn’t. 
For those of you that don’t know I use twitter and now Facebook as well. In the last few weeks while I have been organising FEVER I have been thinking about who might be able to help me promote things so figured apart from Heather Reid and Capital Football, she said yes by the way 🙂 and my own club Tuggeranong United, I thought twitter and Facebook would be good places to start. 
So… firstly I sent a msg to David Campbell asking for his help and if he could come and perform. I loooove David Campbell. Now don’t get too excited cause he cant come, but the point is that he REPLIED! the other point is that that is someone else that I reached, someone else that received the inclusion msg 🙂 A msg was also sent to Kasey Chambers, I haven’t heard back from directly after sending a msg on Facebook, but her management team REPLIED, and again she cant make it either but thats ok cause again even if Kasey Chambers doesn’t know about someone in her office received the inclusion msg 🙂 I also tweeted the funniest lady on the planet, yep thats right ELLEN DEGENERES!! I asked Ellen to ‘follow’ me. Now of course she isn’t yet, but that is no surprise to me simply because she is Ellen, and I have not doubt she has heaps of people ask her for help in doing stuff, but she had tweeted a photo about her hosting the Oscar’s. Now I figure if she is good enough to that then she would be qualified enough to host FEVER right? So I asked her, don’t worry though I tell her she wouldn’t be able to do it in a suit 🙂 Now Ellen probably won’t ‘follow’ me and she probably wont take my request about hosting FEVER seriously either, but guess what?! Ellen clicked on the link and looked at my, (that right a little kid from Canberra) blog!!
Again another person who has received the inclusion msg 🙂
Now imagine this… Most people who are on Twitter on on Facebook have anywhere between 0 and thousands of friends/followers. Imagine if everyone one you shared FEVER with even 10 people. That would hundreds of thousands of people that would receive the inclusion msg!
I was speaking to a new but very thoughtful, kind and wise friend the other day, who made the comment that she thinks I am inspirational. I asked her why she thought that and she said that it was because she should I was fearless. I was a bit surprised by her comment because of course I have fears. My fears aren’t of things like spiders and bugs though they are more of things like not be able achieve the best I can because of limits, my fears are about not being able to do some of things I used to do because of my vision being different now. I guess this is part of my frustration with some people. You see I am meant to have limits that I didn’t choose, but many people I know have them because they choose to have them. I guess this is other point that I want to make. 
and what about wanting to talk to David, Kasey or Ellen or Heather… or being friends with people from the Matilda’s or Canberra United players, or ex Matilda’s or, Moya Dodd, or the Tuggeranong United Football Club Committee… what about wanting to reach out to Pink’s or Katy Perry’s of the world…
I am not just a kid that happens to have friends with important names, I not just a kid that wants to know these professional athletes and celebrities so that I can feel important. In fact I find the whole attention thing on me really hard and challenging, because its not about me its about the change that I believe needs to happen.
Do I think that they would ever really take part? No I don’t.
Do I expect them too because I think everyone has a part to play in this msg? Absolutely!
Do i think that everyone does no matter if they are famous or some kid at my school? Yes Yes and Yes!
Why should I choose to put a limit on myself by not bothering to ask them for their help? Because really the moment I choose to limit myself I also place limits on others. 
I guess at the end of the day this is what the message of inclusion is all about, this what FEVER is all about. It’s about opening up choices and opportunities, its about encouraging others, its about everyone being treated with the same respect as one another! It’s about making sure that we don’t Dis one another’s Abilities.
So.. I challenge you to live with out limits 🙂
Register yourself and a team for FEVER.
Experience playing as a vision impaired person on blind football field.
Share this message with ten friends minimum.
And live expecting respect and expecting people to take part in changing something.
https://www.facebook.com/eyes0fadreamer   https://www.facebook.com/events/449988478456843/
https://twitter.com/eyesofadream  https://eyesofadreamer.wordpress.com/events/
https://eyesofadreamer.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/fever-2014-registration-form.pdf
 
Claire 🙂
 

Fever Fever Fever and feelin the love :)

How cool is the response Fever is getting, thankyou so much everyone 🙂

I’m so excited to accept the role of Ambassador for FEVER. Claire is an absolute inspiration and  FEVER is a chance to spread her message – that we can do absolutely ANYTHING we put our minds to. ~ Natalie Forrest

Hi Claire, great to see you on Facebook! As a former Matilda I’m always excited to meet our biggest fans and future talents! Best of luck with your football and go the Matilda’s!!
Gill x

Claire is a young footballer from the Canberra area. Claire suffers from a significant problem with her eyesight but has worked hard to overcome this problem so that she can play the game she loves. With the help of a special ball plus the support of her family and friends, Claire plays competitive football. Please support her with your friendship.
Thank you – Ross Anderson

dont forget that you find out all the detail here

https://www.facebook.com/events/449988478456843/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

https://eyesofadreamer.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/fever-2014-registration-form.pdf