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‘I hope we can inspire everyone’: women’s cerebral palsy football on the rise | Samantha Lewis

Two strokes at the age of 21 didn’t stop Nicole Christodoulou dreaming of playing football at the highest level. Thanks to the rapid rise of women’s cerebral palsy football, that dream is still well and truly alive

When Nicole Christodoulou was growing up, she wanted to be a Matilda. Just like thousands of kids across Australia, she’d come home from school every day and watch YouTube videos of players doing tricks, then go outside and practise until she mastered them. It didn’t matter where she was or what the field looked like — whether it was outdoors, indoors, or in her backyard—as long as she had a ball at her feet.

But when she was 21, that dream came crashing down.

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