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Selwyn Times: August 22, 2018

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6 Wednesday August 22 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES News Invictus team visits Rolleston College The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and ill veteran and active service personnel. The New Zealand Defence Force Invictus Games team stopped by Rolleston College on Friday THE NEW Zealand Defence Force Invictus Games team and Rolleston College have joined forces to spread the word on the healing power of the games. The games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate understanding and respect for wounded, injured or ill current and former servicemen and women. The NZDF is sending 25 competitors to this year’s games, being held in Sydney. Students at Rolleston College have been studying adaptive sport, and Friday’s visit gave them a chance to hear the team’s stories and see them training. Army Warrant Officer Class 2 Koro Hati, who won bronze in team archery at a previous Games, said team members had SPIRIT: The New Zealand Defence Force Invictus Games team visited Rolleston College on Friday. shared their experiences and ongoing physical and mental challenges with the students. “They were really interested in what we had to say. It shows them that it’s not just ablebodied people that can enjoy sport. Anybody can,” Warrant Officer Hati said. “They also learned that the most impaired person is the most able person when you’re in a chair.” Rolleston College physical education head Andrew Gebbie said a key part of the module had been teaching the students empathy. “Our learners have taken on board the presentations and the values of the Invictus Games and have started to make links to our school values,” Mr Gebbie said. “It has been a big part of this unit, having conversations about empathy and understanding. It’s so empowering for our learners to talk about the challenges that the Invictus competitors have overcome.” Mr Gebbie said hearing from team members with mental illness such as post traumatic stress disorder had been hugely important. “It is very obvious that an amputee or someone in a wheelchair has a disability but to … talk openly about mental illness, and specifically PTSD, was a great opportunity. This gives our learners the tools to recognise these feelings within themselves and talk openly about what was previously not spoken of. “It has taught our learners that the greatest challenges or traumas can be overcome.” The team visited the school on the Invictus Games’ Fly the Flag day – an event when all 18 allied nations competing in the games fly their Games’ flag. The New Zealand team left theirs with the college for students to sign, and will take it with them to fly at their accommodation in Sydney. Team manager Warrant Officer Gareth Farmer said a number of personnel at the Burnham Military Camp had links to the school and the visit marked the start of an important relationship. This year’s event will be held from October 20 to 27 and will involve 500 competitors from 18 allied nations competing in 11 different adaptive sports. The NZDF team is sponsored by Auckland RSA, Christchurch Memorial RSA, Fulton Hogan, Jaguar/Land-Rover and Direct Sport. •Throughout the Games the team’s journey can be followed on Facebook - facebook.com/ NZInvictusTeam, Instagram - @NZInvictusTeam or Twitter - @nzdefenceforce. Phil Murfitt ORTHODONTIST Weekly Orthodontic Clinic in Rolleston Phil Murfitt Orthodontist will be holding WEEKLY Rolleston clinics from November when Orthodontist Mark Kum joins the team. Mark is also a specialist orthodontist with 14 years’ experience in the Christchurch area. To book an appointment with Phil or Mark, please call 03 3754418. Clinics are held at Rolleston Dental Centre, Tennyson St. www.philmurfitt.co.nz COME ON IN AND ENJOY A MEAL WITH US At the heart of Lincoln OPEN 7 DAYS • 03 325 2408 famousgrousehotel.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday August 22 2018 7 ROLLESTON woman Jules Bramley will proudly represent her country in this year’s Invictus Games Sydney – and she’s doing it for her children. The games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate understanding and respect for wounded, injured or ill current and former servicemen and women. Mrs Bramley is part of the 25-strong New Zealand Defence team going to the Games. Husband Brett and children Austin, 12, and Jorja, 7 – who are both at Clearview Primary School – will be there to cheer her on. “That’s the main reason I’m doing it, for them. I just want to show them that even though I am injured and I do have restrictions, there are things out there that I can still do, and I can still do well. “I can really train for it just as much as you can for any other sport. It’s really showing them never to give up. Mrs Bramley was an army medic for 21 years, serving in East Timor, Afghanistan and Samoa after the tsunami there. Over the years she badly injured her hips carrying heavy equipment on her back and now essentially has no cartilage left in her hips, leaving her with severely restricted movement in one leg. She’s still with the NZDF, as a civilian, training medics that go through the NZDF – a move prompted by being unable to achieve the required military fitness due to her injuries. “I haven’t been able to play sport, I can’t run, so it’s really restricted my life, really,” she said. “The first time I got in the chair and played a really hard game of rugby, I walked off feeling amazing – being able to play a game again and being able to play the full game and not having to stop,” Mrs Bramley said. “I’ve been really restricted for quite a long time and just having the ability to show my kids that I can get out there and do stuff, even though it’s slightly adapted, it’s a great feeling.” Mrs Bramley, who grew up in Rangiora and whose parents still live there, competed in the Invictus Games in Toronto last year and she’s hooked. “It was amazing. Can’t explain it. Just eye-opening. It really made me realise that everyone’s got their own story. No matter what it is, everyone is there to do the same thing, achieve the same goals, whether it be rehabilitation or just learning to move on in their life and play sports again.” She will this year compete in wheelchair rugby, wheelchair Local News Now ‘I can get out there and do stuff, it’s a great feeling’ COMPETITION: Jules Bramley in action in wheelchair tennis. (Right) – Mrs Bramley with her husband Brett and children Austin, 12, and Jorja, 7. Fire rages, homes at risk basketball and wheelchair tennis doubles with fellow Rolleston woman Vanessa Bawden-Pere. “We’ve been training really hard. We’ve got a great coach in Christchurch who takes us a couple of times a week. It’s been really good,” she said. And while it would be great to bring home a medal, Mrs Bramley says that’s not what the Games are about. “Just being part of a team again, and being part of the NZDF again. It’s just amazing.” SECURE YOUR DREAM NOW OFFER ENDS 30 SEPTEMBER 2018 0800 LIVE IN LIVEWHERE.CO.NZ