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Brendan Hardman

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 2009 and graduated as an Artillery Lieutenant from the Royal Military College (RMC), Duntroon, in 2010.

I spent the majority of my career working with 16 Air Land Regiment (16ALR) in Woodside, South Australia.

I deployed to Afghanistan, before medically discharging in 2016.

Age: 30

Hometown: Perth, Western Australia

Current town: Adelaide, South Australia

Competing in: Wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball

Brendan Hardman

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I suffered a series of back injuries while serving in the Army, resulting in two spinal surgeries, the second being a spinal fusion. I have also suffered from severe depression and anxiety.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport - specifically, wheelchair basketball - has been my saviour. It’s helped me overcome a lot of struggles and regain my fitness and health.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

In life, it is marrying my beautiful wife Monique who has saved my life and supported me through everything.

In sport, this year I debuted for the Red Dust Heelers in the national Wheelchair Basketball League.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

I applied for the Invictus Games to prove to myself that I could still compete and achieve my goals.

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

There is the romance of winning a medal at the Games, which would be incredible. However, for me, the biggest wins will be having the opportunity to surround myself with like-minded and inspirational people in our team and contributing to that team.

The person I most admire is…

My wife Monique, a strong and incredible woman. Without her, I would not be here.

From a sporting point of view, Brad Ness is one of the greatest paralympians and leaders that Australia has produced. I am lucky enough to work with - and learn from - him.