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Can you imagine traveling halfway around the world to the Netherlands at your own expense to volunteer at an international event? Well, that’s exactly what 74-year-old Sue Gibson Swalwell did by attending the Invictus Games The Hague 2022. And if she pulls it off, it won’t be the last time either. As one of four Australians comprising a volunteer workforce of 1,150 from 30 different nations, Ms Gibson Swalwell’s connection to the Games can be attributed to her family’s strong military affiliation. IN OTHER NEWS: “My three nephews are in the army and my cousin Arthur Murphy Francis, CSC, OAM, was a regimental sergeant major for the army, and my father, Reg Gibson, served with the RAAF during the World War II,” the woman from Goulburn in southern New South Wales said. “I have great respect and admiration for the women and men who serve our country. Nothing compares to what these people have been through and they demonstrate the best of the human spirit – inspiration, hope, courage, determination, never give up. This is an opportunity for me to give back to these wonderful people; people who have been injured or become ill while on duty. It’s the least I can do for those who have given so much.” Indeed, if acts of service are an integral part of Mrs. Gibson Swalwell’s DNA, it is the grace and humility that she shows by sharing her own personal story that will leave a lasting impression on you. “I get so much volunteer work, but it’s something special,” explained Sue, who not only volunteered at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 and the Olympics in Sydney 2000, but has also worked as a volunteer with the NSW Police Crime Prevention Unit for 26 years. “We all have our difficulties, but being here and seeing these competitors gives me the courage to carry on,” said she said, “My daughter has cancer. When I call him, I tell him about the people I’ve met here and the stories I’ve heard of how they overcame their difficulties. “I feel like they give me courage, faith and hope to continue, and my daughter tells me she feels that too. It’s the impact these very special people have on the lives of others.” But let’s also talk about the legacy that Sue, known throughout the Zuiderpark (Invictus Games Park) as “Skippy” or “Nanna Sue,” leaves to those she meets. Joyful exchanges, Mrs Gibson Swalwell also donated over 2,000 Australiana pins, ensuring souvenirs from the land beneath are destined to make their way across the world.Before her return from Europe, the very proud Australian will attend the Service dawn in Ypres, Belgium on Anzac Day and lay a wreath at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Fallen – not only in honor of his cousin, his father and the Australians who served their countries, but in remembrance of the people of all nations who made the ultimate sacrifice. This is especially poignant to light of Ukraine’s presence at this year’s Invictus Games. “Having Ukraine here this year has been very special. I had the opportunity to speak to some of the competitors and it made what is happening in their country so much more real,” she said. .

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Can you imagine traveling halfway around the world to the Netherlands at your own expense to volunteer at an international event?

Well, that’s exactly what 74-year-old Sue Gibson Swalwell did by attending the Invictus Games The Hague 2022. And if she pulls it off, it won’t be the last time either.

As one of four Australians comprising a volunteer workforce of 1,150 from 30 different nations, Ms Gibson Swalwell’s connection to the Games can be attributed to her family’s strong military affiliation.

“My three nephews are in the army and my cousin Arthur Murphy Francis, CSC, OAM, was a regimental sergeant major for the army, and my father, Reg Gibson, served in the RAAF during the Second World War,” said said the woman from Goulburn in southern New South Wales. mentioned.

“I have great respect and admiration for the women and men who serve our country.

“Nothing compares to what these people have been through and they demonstrate the best of the human spirit – inspiration, hope, courage, determination, never giving up.

“This is an opportunity for me to give back to these wonderful people; people who have been injured or become ill while serving. It’s the least I can do for those who have given so much.”

Indeed, if acts of service are an integral part of Mrs. Gibson Swalwell’s DNA, it is the grace and humility she demonstrates in sharing her own personal story that will leave an impression on you.

“I get so much volunteer work, but it’s something special,” explained Sue, who not only volunteered at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 and the Sydney 2000 Olympics, but also volunteered with NSW Police Crime Prevention Unit. for 26 years.

“We all have our struggles, but being here and seeing these competitors gives me the courage to keep going,” she said.

“My daughter has cancer. When I call her, I tell her about the people I’ve met here and the stories I’ve heard of how they overcame their struggles.

“I feel like they give me courage, faith and hope to keep going, and my daughter tells me she feels that way too. That’s the impact these very special people have. on the lives of others.

But let’s also talk about the legacy that Sue, known throughout the Zuiderpark (Invictus Games Park) as “Skippy” or “Nanna Sue”, leaves to those she meets.

As well as joyous exchanges, Ms Gibson Swalwell also handed out over 2,000 Australianana pins, ensuring souvenirs from the lower country are destined to make their way across the world.

Before returning from Europe, the very proud Australian will attend the dawn service in Ypres, Belgium, on Anzac Day and lay a wreath at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing – not only in honor of her cousin, his father and the Australians who served their country, but in remembrance of the people of all nations who made the ultimate sacrifice.

This is particularly poignant in light of Ukraine’s presence at this year’s Invictus Games.

“Having Ukraine here this year has been very special. I had the opportunity to speak to some of the competitors and it made what is happening in their country so much more real,” she said. .

This story “They Give Me Courage”: A Woman Gives Back to the 2022 Invictus Games first appeared on the Goulburn Post.
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