Invictus visit highlight for students

by Kent Caddick

The third term is coming to a close, and for Rolleston College students it has been a busy one.

The highlight of the term for many of the students was a visit from the 2018 New Zealand Invictus Games team.

This year’s Invictus Games will be held in Sydney next month. The Invictus Games is an international multi-sport event, created by Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing.

The games are named after Invictus — which is Latin for ‘unconquered’ or ‘undefeated’.

Members of the New Zealand Invictus Games team at the welcoming ceremony
at Rolleston College

The New Zealand games athletes and support staff from the New Zealand Defence Force visited Rolleston College and were welcomed on to the school grounds with a haka.

Year 10 student, Emily Taylor, said speaking to some of these athletes really inspired her.

“The fact that they can go through losing a limb, or suffering the loss of a friend, and keep going, let alone make a national multi-sports team, is just amazing to me, and tells me that if they can do it, well what’s stopping me?”