Spielwelt German Parents Association is a not for profit organisation running children’s programs in German in Canberra
One of our dads, Ben, is the Chief Operating Officer of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, which will be held in October. The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for injured or ill veterans and active service personnel.
Ben visited us recently to talk about his work. He told the children about adaptive sports like wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, swimming, sitting volleyball, rowing, archery, athletics and sailing.
We learned a little about the Invictus Games competitors, hearing that some may have lost an arm or leg. Outside, we had the opportunity to run a few races while simulating not having an arm or leg. It was difficult, of course, and we talked about how it was hard to balance or to run as fast as you could otherwise.
Our athletes gather for their briefing with the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Chief
Ben had brought in his laptop to share some pictures and video clips with us, so we crowded around to see the photos and got to see a video message from HRH The Duke of Sussex (Prince Harry*) and Barack and Michelle Obama.
*It turns out there is another charming Prince Harry… not just the young one enrolled at the GAP who we play with on the playground pirate ship every week!
We also had a chance to check out the fancy black “Invictus Games Sydney 2018” LandRover parked in front of the GAP.
It is always interesting to hear from our parents about what they do at work. Thanks, Ben, for coming in and sharing. Who is going to be the next parent to visit us at GAP? Book a time with us to come in and be our next hero!