30 October 2018 Brett Wilson   | News | Year 10   Community  
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From Monday 22nd of October to Friday 26th, twenty Year Ten students volunteered their time and energy to support over 6,000 NSW school aged children who attended the 2018 Invictus Games as part of the Education Project.

The Invictus Games are an international adaptive sports event for wounded, injured and ill active duty and veteran service personnel. This year saw over 500 competitors from 18 nations descend upon the Homebush precinct.

The aim of the Education Project was to highlight the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country. The visiting school groups were able to hear from motivational speakers, participate in sports and activities and of course view the competitors in various sports.

During the daily programs the boys escorted groups to venues throughout Sydney Olympic Park. They also assisted the school groups as they participated in sports such as wheelchair basketball and seated volleyball. The boys were on hand to collect and distribute games passes, tickets and lunches and to assist with additional needs when required. They teamed with twenty volunteers from Strathfield Girls and began their day at 7:15 am. The official volunteer duties concluded at 2pm when visiting school groups completed their final activity.

It was an extremely rewarding and fulfilling experience, as not only were they providing valuable assistance to the school children and their teachers, they were also able to witness the feats of the athletes in sports such as indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby, swimming and athletics.

The unconquerable nature of the athletes was inspirational. Their actions and stories generating a deeper understanding of and respect for those who serve their country. Throughout the event, the project organisers and visiting teachers praised the efforts of the student volunteers in their contribution to such an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Other schools sent emails to commend the volunteers. Below is an excerpt from one such email and serves to summarise the success of the volunteers and the overall educational experience.

“The students from the high school who looked after us were wonderful and had obviously been instructed well as to their roles. The value of such a program was so significant that learning about it at school could not have come close to having the impact that it did yesterday.”

Students Invovled in the Program: 

  • Carl Arthur
  • Dylan Chau
  • Srikar Danthurty
  • Harshal Dogra
  • Loklan Duong
  • Adam Farroukh
  • Ian Fukushima
  • Jonathan Ha
  • Andrew Kim
  • Joo Ha Kim
  • Hizryan Kodarusman
  • Billy Leask 
  • Min Mai
  • Tom Neiser
  • Stanley Ng
  • James Oh
  • Zain Ousmand
  • Anthony Vu
  • Alex Whang
  • Cooper Wilson 
  • Chi Peng Zou