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Private Danielle Close

ADF Service: Joined the Army in 2014 as an Intelligence Analyst.

Age: 21

Hometown: Bundaberg, Queensland

Current Town: Brisbane, Queensland

Competing in: Athletics and indoor rowing

Danielle Close

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I have Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

It’s likely that I am only going to get worse over time due to the nature of my condition. I have always used sport as an outlet and it’s my way of showing my body and the people around me that I’m not defined by my illness or the stigma associated with it.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Representing Australia in the ADF Rugby Union team as part of the 2016 United States tour.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

I wanted to challenge the stigma associated with Multiple Sclerosis and the restrictions people automatically put on you when they hear about the disease.