Collingwood is in mourning after the AFL membership’s wheelchair soccer captain and coach Brendan Stroud died simply hours before Sunday’s VWFL grand final.
The workforce took half within the premiership match “in respect of Brendan’s contribution to our club” and received the premiership 59-54 over Essendon.
“To Brendan Stroud, he’s here, he’s going to hold this up with us forever,” teammate Ben mentioned before pointing to the sky and kissing his armband.
Stroud, who grew to become a paraplegic following a automobile accident on the age of 22, was identified with most cancers final 12 months.
He underwent a prolonged operation and later required chemotherapy.
Stroud had continued to work out and lift funds for most cancers analysis this 12 months.
He was described as being “in the fight of his life” in June.
“The Collingwood Football Club is sad to report that Brendan Stroud has passed away overnight,” the AFL membership mentioned on Sunday.
“A premiership coach and captain for our wheelchair team, Brendan epitomised what it means to be a Collingwood person.
“Brendan played a pivotal role in the inauguration of the Victorian Wheelchair League, and has been an outstanding contributor to our club and community.
“An inspiring husband, friend and clubman, Brendan’s memory will live on in the hearts of those who he impacted so significantly.
“Our wheelchair team will play in the VWFL Grand Final today, in respect of Brendan’s contribution to our club.
“We send our thoughts to his wife Natalie, family and friends.”
A eager sportsman who beforehand represented Australia in wheelchair basketball and tennis, Stroud was additionally a motivational speaker and advocate for street security, psychological well being and incapacity consciousness.
He was Collingwood’s inaugural captain and coach when the Victorian Wheelchair Soccer League was launched in 2018.
Former AFL coach Nathan Buckley paid tribute to Stroud throughout his most cancers battle in June this 12 months.
“A great Collingwood man and premiership captain. Sending love to Brendan and Nat,” he wrote on the time.