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Cheltenham Panther’s U12 player Alex Kostarakis has been featured in a piece in The Australian.

Alex underwent surgery earlier in the season and as a result snapped his Achilles tendon. Alex also plays his junior footy with cerebral palsy. However he overcame his injury and was able to be a part of his team’s 51-point victory in the 2015 SMJFL Finals series!

Congratulations Alex on such a wonderful achievement throughout the year and good luck with your footy in 2016!

At the 2015 Presentation Day, the SMJFL recognised their Under 12 Coach – Trevor Vearing, and the Cheltenham JFC for their spirit of inclusiveness. Trevor accepted the SMJFL Sportsmanship award for the team’s efforts both on Grand Final day and during the season. As it states in the article, their tremendous team spirit was noticed by a goal umpire and brought to the attention of the league.

In the final term, players were volunteering to rotate to the bench in order to allow a dedicated player Alex Kostarakis to play. Alex has had a challenging football career as he receives ongoing treatment for cerebral palsy. In 2015, only 5 games into the season, an operation severed his Achilles tendon – yet his teammates still wanted him at the games and especially to run out with them on Grand Final Day. With the full support of the team, he played the whole last quarter.

You can view Alex’s story in on The Australian’s website here (only accessible with a subscription from The Australian). Otherwise you can read the story from the print edition of the paper here.