Aussie footballers win silver at Special Olympics World Games

Australia has won silver in the keenly fought 5-a-side football competition at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles 

Despite a major setback in the early stages with an injury to Michael Baker, the Aussie team showed great determination and resilience to make the gold medal match.

A narrow 2-1 loss to Costa Rica saw them lift silver after an inspiring tournament run that included a 3-0 win over Argentina.

The 5-a-side competition featured 15 teams across three divisions. The football program also included 7-a-side and 11-a-side competitions.

Held from the July 25 to August 2, the Special Olympics World Summer Games is the largest sporting event in the world this year featuring 7000 athletes from 177 countries.

Team Australia comprised 76 athletes and 29 officials. They brought home 60 medals from the Games including 23 gold.

Team Australia football squad:

Brandy Patterson, SA

Brendon Masters, WA

Christopher Minutillo, WA

Jarrod Lantry, NSW

Jason Kappler, WA

Liam O’Donnell, ACT

Michael Baker, QLD

Zachary Spoor, ACT