Kersti Kaljulaid: I am very proud that such a strong, optimistic and energetic team is representing Estonia at the Invictus Games. It has worked hard, despite its injuries, to represent our country once again. I do hope that everyone is happy to compete irrespective of what position they come, but mainly I cheer on our participants and hope that they bring home some medals,” said President Kersti Kaljulaid yesterday in Sydney.
According to the Head of State, the opening ceremony moved her to tears, and she thought of the sacrifices our soldiers have made in defending Estonia far away from home; her thoughts were also with those who were injured too badly for even contemporary medicine to save their lives.
“Our soldiers and veterans deserve the attention, support,
and acknowledgment of our country,” said President Kaljulaid. “We should make every effort to offer sufficient support and care from the state to all our people with special needs,” added the Head of State.
The Estonian Head of State met yesterday in Sydney with some members of the Defence Forces who represent Estonia and watched the sailing event of the Invictus Games with them and the Governor-General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove.
The Invictus Games is an international adaptive multi-sport event, created by Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports to keep up their fighting spirit. This year, Estonia is represented by a 15 member team of Defence Force veterans. Estonian veterans have taken part in the games since they were first launched back in 2014. Last year in Canada, Estonians won a total of 8 medals. In total, more than 500 competitors from 18 different countries compete in 11 different events. photo: Office of the President