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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

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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 

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or follow on at:

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or of course be in touch with me 🙂

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