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Daniel Parker

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 2007 as a Combat Engineer. I deployed to Timor Leste and Afghanistan and discharged in 2013.

Age: 29

Hometown: Hervey Bay, Queensland

Current town: Hervey Bay, Queensland

Competing in: Athletics

Daniel Parker

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), pins in hips, nerve stimulator in my spine and major surgery in most joints.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport gets me out of the house and off the couch. It has given me the self confidence that I had lost and I have been able to decrease my medication dramatically.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Being a husband to my beautiful wife and a good role model for my kids.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

To show that, no matter the games we play in our heads, they are just that - games. We can overcome them, through sport or by reaching out to a fellow mate.

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

Being able to run with my brothers-in-arms on the world platform, and to beat my nerves and perform at one hundred percent in front of my family and mates.

The person I most admire is…

My mate Scott Evennett. Scott joined the Army when he was 18 as a Rifleman and he went for his selection course for Commandos in 2008. He toured to Timor Leste and Afghanistan multiple times. Unfortunately, on his last tour to Afghanistan in 2013, he was injured in an ambush when a round struck his weapon, with fragments flying into his face. Following that, PTSD from his tours was taking its toll on his life but he decided to venture out and help others by opening up his own personal training program that not only works on physical fitness but also on your mind set. His key motto is challenge accepted. I have never met anyone so willing to go out of their way to help others.