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Aaron Elkin

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army Medical Corps in 2001 and medically discharged in 2016. During my service I deployed on operations to the Solomon Islands and the Middle East.

Age: 41

Hometown: Newcastle, New South Wales

Current town: Townsville, Queensland

Competing in: Cycling

Aaron Elkin

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I sustained a right shoulder Injury from a car accident in 2013 and have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Cycling plays a large part in my rehabilitation. It makes me socialise with other people and I find cycling a mindful activity, taking my mind off my problems.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

It is reconnecting with my family after my discharge from the Army. I’m now a stay at home father and I get to spend more time with my four kids which I missed out on during my military service.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

To meet other veterans and get motivation from them on how they use sport to push through the barriers.

What will “winning” look like for you at these Games?

Wearing the Australian uniform at the opening ceremony with my family who will be watching me from the stands.

The person I most admire is…

My wife Helena. Since I was diagnosed with PSTD she has been our rock.

She ensures that our family has worked through the changes resulting from my medical conditions and during my discharge. She changed her life to support us by now being the fulltime employee for the family. She’s prepared to do whatever it takes to protect us. I love her dearly and she amazes me.