Southlander to lead team
New Zealand Army Sergeant and former Southlander Kelly Whittle will co-captain the New Zealand team at the Invictus Games in Sydney next month. The Invictus Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate understanding and respect for wounded, injured and ill active service members and former members. This year’s event will involve competitors from 18 allied nations in 11 different adaptive sports. Sergeant Whittle, an Army medic, who grew up on Gale Hill Farms, near Lumsden, has posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and hip and shoulder injuries as a result of deployment to Afghanistan and working in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes.