On Monday 12 November, Northpine Christian College had the honour of being visited by Carrie-Anne Bishop. Bishop is a former Australian Defence Force member who competed for Australia in the Invictus
Games in 2018. The Invictus Games is an international sports event in which injured Armed Forces members compete in various events.
Carrie-Anne spoke to Northpine’s High School students about her story leading up to her representing Australia last month. She joined the Army in 2002 and served in the Corps of Transport. During her service she was deployed to East Timor. In 2015 she was discharged because of injuries to her hips, back and shoulder sustained during her service.
Sport played a major role in Bishop’s rehabilitation, as it enabled her to get out of the house, exercise and socialise again. She decided to apply for the Invictus Games in 2018 and participated in Athletics and Sitting Volleyball.
Each Invictus Games athlete was given an ANZAC bear to give to a school of their choice as a way to raise awareness for the armed services personnel who have been injured or are struggling in their time after service. Bishop chose Northpine Christian College because her niece and nephew attend school there. The bear given to Northpine was a nurse, honouring the countless medical personnel who saved lives during the First World War one hundred years ago.