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Craig McGrath

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 1995 and discharged in 2018. For the majority of my career, I served in the 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR, Commando).

I deployed to Timor Leste in 2001 as a Recon Patrol/Sniper Commander and twice to Afghanistan.

I served with the Tactical Assault Group East (TAG-E) as a Sniper Team Leader and Platoon Sergeant between 2002 and 2007.

I served as an Instructor and Drill Sergeant at The Royal Military College, Duntroon, in 2008/09.

Age: 45

Hometown: Camden, New South Wales

Current town: Springwood, New South Wales

Competing in: Sailing

Craig McGrath

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

In 2012 I was wounded in action by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan. I sustained significant shrapnel wounds and broken bones, with permanent damage to my lower body.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

After injury, I was unable to participate in the sports I enjoyed and became frustrated at my new self. A very good friend and fellow Commando introduced me to sailing, giving me an opportunity to contribute to a team in a competitive sport. When I’m sailing, I’m in a peaceful environment where I can appreciate the simple things in life that I once took for granted.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Twenty years of marriage. Despite everything that’s been thrown at us in that time, my wife and I are stronger and happier than ever.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

The Games is an opportunity to take my sailing to the next level and test myself against others with similar experience. It’s the first time I will compete in this type of regatta.

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

Sailing the best race I can and knowing that, win or lose, I gave the best of myself to the team.

The person I most admire is…

Outside sport, I admire my wife for staying strong and for coming second behind Army for much of that time.

I admire His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Harry. Together with several wounded commandos, I had the opportunity to speak at length with the then Captain Wales in 2015. I admire his conviction and determination to bring awareness to the struggles of veterans.

In sport, I admire Sir Robin Knox-Johnston for his tenacity and down to earth nature - a true sailing pioneer and legend.