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Daniel Parker

ADF Service: Joined Army in 2007 as a Combat Engineer. I served in Timor Leste in 2010 and Afghanistan in 2011/12 before discharging in 2012.

Age: 28

Hometown: Hervey Bay, Queensland

Current Town: Hervey Bay, Queensland

Competing in: Athletics and wheelchair rugby

Daniel Parker

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, pins in hips, nerve stimulator in spine and major arthroscopy in most joints.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

After my spinal surgery I put on a lot of weight (105kg). I was aware of the Invictus Games in October 2016 and I began training. I lost 35kg to set a good example for my son. Sport has been infectious throughout my life.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

I set myself two goals last October; to lose 35kg, and represent my country at the 2017 Invictus Games, both of which I am proud to be able to achieve.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

I needed to become more active as I wasn’t setting a good example for my son or friends. I found myself to be reclusive and wasn’t maintaining lines of communication with others. I wanted to prove to others in my position that setting a goal is do-able no matter how hard you perceive that goal to be.

Being a Search Commander deployed to Afghanistan I relied heavily on the family bond you make with others and knowing you are safe in their hands, with their decisions. For me that is what I was chasing from Invictus Games and what drove me to complete this goal. I have now formed a bond with my new Invictus family.