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Able Seaman Daniel Marsh

ADF Service: I first joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 1992 as a Submariner and my job category was Marine Technical Propulsion (MTP).

In 1997 I discharged but then re-enlisted in 2006 as an Electronic Warfare (EW) analyst and am currently posted to Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Unit (JEWOSU) in Adelaide.

I have deployed a number of times on the Oberon Class submarines and participated in border protection operations.

Age: 44

Hometown: Melbourne, Victoria

Current town: Adelaide, South Australia

Competing in: Cycling and sitting volleyball

Able Seaman Daniel Marsh

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

In 2009 I suffered a severe fracture of the left knee following a motor bike accident; and in 2010 I sustained a fracture to my left hip.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Everything changed after my accident in 2009. I lost all motivation to do anything, including keeping fit and healthy. My weight increased, placing more stress on my injuries and it was hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel.

After being introduced to the Invictus Games programs, my life turned around. I have reconnected with my love of cycling and volleyball.

These programs show that there are sports that have been adapted to fit our needs. My Invictus Games journey has been one of the biggest highlights of my life.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Passing the Submariner Board selection and being awarded my Dolphins badge in 1994. And, of course, being selected to compete for Australia at the Invictus Games 2018.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

To prove to myself that, no matter what life has put in front of me, sport goes beyond boundaries. The Invictus Pathway Program has given me the opportunity to train with men and women who’ve also faced difficult times and, through sport and rehabilitation, we’ve been given the opportunity to represent our country.

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

Every competitor from every country at the Invictus Games is a winner. We have travelled the same path, faced the same obstacles and come out on top. This is winning.

The person I most admire is…

I admire anyone who falls off a horse, dusts themselves off and gets back on, knowing that they could be thrown again. Once that person has mastered riding the horse, they then go out and show others, passing on their knowledge.