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Damien Irish

ADF Service: I joined the Army in 1997 and discharged in 2009. I was deployed to East Timor in 2001. I achieved the rank of Corporal and was a Driver in the Royal Australian Corps of Transport.

Age: 42

Hometown: Sydney, New South Wales

Current town: Townsville, Queensland

Competing in: Athletics, indoor rowing and powerlifting

Damien Irish

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), anxiety and depression.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has given me drive again and got me out of the house, doing more with my family.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Making the Australian Invictus Games team.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

To challenge myself.

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

It is not all about winning but it would be great. It is about showing my kids that if you work hard at something you can achieve it.

The person I most admire is…

My friend - and former Army Medic - McQuilty Quirke. We served together on deployment in East Timor and the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR).

McQuilty has been through so much - from losing a very close family member, to another one having cancer. He was injured in Iraq; and in Afghanistan his vehicle was blown up by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). McQuilty has finished a university degree and has a motivational speaking business.

I also pay tribute to my family and everyone with whom I served during my ADF career.