ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 1987 and was medically discharged in 2008. During my career I completed 22 years in the Royal Australian Regiment (RAR), reaching the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2. I deployed to Malaysia, Timor Leste, Iraq and Afghanistan. I served with the Tactical Assault Group-West (TAG-W).
Hometown: Melbourne, Victoria
Current town: Adelaide, South Australia
Competing in: Archery and wheelchair basketball
What is the Nature of your injury or illness?
I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety; fifty per cent hearing loss; asthma, with seventy five per cent loss of lung function; knee injuries - including a torn meniscus in both knees; lower back injuries; and osteoarthritis.
What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?
Re-engaging in sport has given me the drive to succeed and has made me believe in myself again. I am motivated to train and compete, always with the aim of setting higher goals.
Because sport is a social activity, I am connecting with others on a regular basis, thus giving me increased confidence on and off the court and the range.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Being selected for the 2018 Australian Invictus Games team.
Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?
To improve my quality of life and give me something to look forward to and strive towards. In doing so, I want to inspire my family, friends and current and former members of the ADF.
The Invictus Games is a remarkable event which gives those of us who have lost confidence and direction, an opportunity to stand tall. My life has already been changed forever.
What will “winning” look like for you at these Games?
Overcoming my anxieties and managing my injuries, so that I can be a valuable team member. Getting on a plane had previously been an issue for me but the Invictus Games have given me the courage to travel again and enjoy my time away from home.
The person I most admire is…
My wife and three daughters. They consistently believe in me and have encouraged and supported me in everything I do.
I also admire my fellow Invictus Games competitors. They are all people with an amazing sense of worth and the belief that they can achieve anything when you put your mind to it - even with the challenges they each face.