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Able Seaman Braedon Griffiths

ADF Service: I joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 2015 and trained as a Marine Technician. Just two months after posting to HMAS Kuttabul, I had a car accident and have spent the past two years in rehabilitation.

Age: 22

Hometown: Brisbane, Queensland

Current town: Botany, New South Wales

Competing in: Wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and sitting volleyball

Able Seaman Braedon Griffiths

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I have an above knee right leg amputation, which has detrimentally affected my feet, hips and lower back.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport gives me something to look forward to. For the first year of my rehab, I wasn’t allowed to do much so I came home to an empty house, worked and went back home. That’s basically all I did. It was a pretty dark time for me. I developed some bad habits, struggling with depression and anxiety.

Sport has given me the opportunity to get out of the house and get fit. I feel like I am coming out of that dark place and starting a new chapter in my life.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Having the courage to turn my life around.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

I was angry and disappointed when I missed out last year but I put my name forward again because I knew I needed to challenge myself and try something different.

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

It will be a validation for all the hard work I’ve been doing – training, dieting, cutting right down on smoking and drinking.

The person I most admire is…

I don’t really have any role models. I have an anti role model – me. I want to be better than the person that I was.