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Squadron Leader Danny Jeffery

ADF Service: Joined the Air Force in 1983 as an Aeronautical Engineer. I have participated in several operational deployments including Afghanistan, East Timor and the Middle East.

Age: 50

Hometown: Gosford, New South Wales

Current Town: Umina, New South Wales

Competing in: Athletics, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis

Danny Jeffery

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I suffer from injuries to my spinal cord, knee and lower back as well as depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and hearing loss following my deployments.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

The opportunity to participate in adaptive sports has been a valuable tool in my pathway to recovery. It provides a measurable goal that drives me to improve not only my physical fitness, but also my diet and eating habits which had deteriorated. Training and participation combats my low moods and feelings of exhaustion and reduces the impacts of stress upon both my personal and work life.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Prior to being impacted by my injuries and illness, my greatest achievement was enjoying a long and successful career moving through the ranks from apprentice to becoming a senior officer

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

Training, participating and interacting with other wounded, injured and ill people boosts my confidence and self-esteem beyond the thoughts I currently have of myself. In my mind I feel like a broken vase with limited motivation. Adaptive sport events like the Invictus Games allow me to see and hear about the challenges and adversity that others are experiencing yet are still moving forward.