Wodonga’s Brett Newman is now a part of Collingwood Football Club history.
The former solider played a major role in the Magpies’ 13.4 (82) to 2.10 (22) victory against Richmond in the inaugural Victorian Wheelchair Football League grand final on Sunday.
Newman’s three goals in the decider helped Collingwood stay undefeated.
His personal highlight was playing in front of a packed crowd at Melbourne’s Boroondara Sports Complex, which included Collingwood president Eddie McGuire.
“It was about being able to compete in a team, regardless of what your abilities or disabilities are and be treated as ‘normal’,” Newman said.
“The younger generation now has something to aspire to and realise they can play this type of sport and be like their idols in the AFL.
“Scoring the first goal in the league was fantastic on a personal level, but to come away with the premiership is something that will stick with me for the rest of my life.”
“Disabilities come in all shapes and forms, you don’t have to been wheelchair-bound to play a wheelchair sport.”
The VWFL trophy will be housed at Collingwood’s home base, the Holden Centre, with the rest of the club’s premiership cups.
Newman thanked Disability Sports and Recreation, the Robert Rose Foundation and the AFL for their support.
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