GS Kidd Memorial School is riding a high after returning from the Invictus Games.
Fourteen students and seven staff travelled to Sydney to watch the international sporting event for wounded, injured and ill veteran and active service personnel.
“It was a great atmosphere at the Invictus Games and all athletes and supporters were very happy,” GS Kidd teacher Marg Amos said.
“The students were a very active cheer-squad for all of the athletes.
“There were many school students in all stadiums, cheering on all of the athletes. It was just so inspiring to see what the Invictus athletes could achieve.”
Mrs Amos said the students learnt to “never give up, always help others” and that “some people have injuries or loss of limbs that you can see, whilst others may have mental health issues that are not as obvious”.
“We need to support them all,” she said.
During their time in Sydney, the students also attended a prosthetic hand workshop where they worked in groups to engineer a movable hand with “great results”.
We then attended the swimming events where we saw soldiers competing with limbs missing,” Mrs Amos said.
“They were amazing athletes. We cheered them all to the end of the race and it was so exciting.
“Our last event was sitting volleyball where the athletes threw themselves around to get to the ball. We saw ourselves cheering up on the big screen."
Mrs Amos said the school was thankful to all the sponsors and donors who made it possible for the students to attend the games.
“We will remember it forever," she said.
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