ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 2001and served eight years with 2nd Battalion , Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR). During that time I was privileged to complete three deployments - two to Iraq (2003, 2006) and one to Afghanistan (2007-08). I discharged from the Army in 2008.
Hometown: Brisbane, Queensland
Current town: Townsville, Queensland
Competing in: Athletics and powerlifting
What is the Nature of your injury or illness?
I suffer from hearing loss in both ears from an improvised explosive device (IED) blast and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from my deployments to the Middle East.
What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?
Sport has massively benefited me over the last few years, allowing me to slowly reintegrate back into society. It’s given me goals and friendships. I’ve found a new outlet for my frustration. This has allowed me to push hard on the days I’m doing well and rest and recover on the days I struggle. I’ve been able to achieve new and positive avenues in life.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
The year 2014 was a period of achievement, playing in various Townsville touch football competitions and winning two grand finals, player of the year, and then winning a north Queensland championship. This was followed by an undefeated Queensland men's 30s State Championship.
I achieved Club Person twice for volunteering with two separate clubs, coaching junior and senior teams, refereeing and playing.
I also coach in a program called Happy Touch where kids with disabilities compete in their own touch football competition against other teams of similar ability levels.
Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?
Having applied in 2017 and been unsuccessful, I have always wanted the chance to represent Australia in the Games and to be able to show that I can strive for greatness, no matter what challenges are thrown at me.
It’s a chance to represent my family, friends and the people who have supported my journey to get this far.
What will “winning” look like for you at these Games?
In a way I have already won by getting myself this far. Winning will just be the icing on the cake and to be able to share it with so many great competitors and family will make it even more special.
The person I most admire is…
I don’t have a set person but my mum, dad and my two sisters are the people who I get my strength from. When my dad became sick and lost his leg several years ago it was even more of a motivating factor for me.
My three children - Kayden, Lathan and Haidynn - motivate me every day to be the best dad I can be and to show them that you can do anything that you set your mind too.
My partner Stacey has been consistently there for me the past year and helped me through the grind of training and exhaustion. She has cheered me on, showed me endless love, given me tough love chats and is always the first person to remind me of how far I have come.