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Brigid Baker

ADF Service: After joining the Australian Army Reserves as a Medic in 2002, I moved to full-time Army service in 2005 and commissioned in mid 2006. In 2008 I participated in border patrol operations off the north coast of Australia; and I deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 and 2011. I was medically discharged in late 2017.

Age: 36

Hometown: Hobart, Tasmania

Current town: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Competing in: Athletics and powerlifting

Brigid Baker

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression as a result of my service.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

It has been my ‘light at the end of the tunnel’. Prior to re-engaging in sport I had effectively given up on all things that I enjoyed and basically just existed. Sport has reignited a passion which I thought was lost long ago.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

I was a torch bearer for the Year 2000 Olympics.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

It was a Hail Mary on my account. I was facing uncertainty with medical discharge and caught sight of the Toronto Games and thought "what have I got to lose?"

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

Merely by being selected I feel like I have ‘won’. It is not about the medals, it is about the journey and the people - the friends you make along the way.

The person I most admire is…

Not necessarily a person, but those with the courage to take the first step in active recovery and have the charisma and infectious drive to bring others along with them.