ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 1987 as a Driver and deployed to Somalia as an Infantryman with 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR) in 1992-93. I discharged from the ADF in 2001.
Hometown: Adelaide, South Australia
Current town: Townsville, Queensland
Competing in: Wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and sailing
What is the Nature of your injury or illness?
I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of my deployment. I also have a below the knee amputation following complications from a training accident.
What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?
I am alive because I have been able to play sport.
As a result of my PTSD, my weight blew out, I was on every drug available and I was at the lowest point in my life. It was at this point that I got involved in sport and used it to get fit again and lose weight which, in turn, increased my self-esteem and confidence.
I recently returned from completing the Kokoda Track, which would never have been possible if I hadn’t got back into sport
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Representing Australia in international sport. I have competed in bobsledding, currently hold the wheelchair boxing Australian title and was recently selected to compete in the wheelchair National Rugby League (NRL) World Cup in France.
Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?
I want to represent Australia with fellow serving and former serving military personnel.
What will “winning” look like for you at these Games?
Showing my family and friends that my training and dedication to adaptive sport has paid off and that anything is possible - even to be playing for Australia at the Invictus Games.
The person I most admire is…
My wife, Elle Bretherton. She has been there for me throughout my service, deployment and discharge. Elle is my rock, always supporting me in my sporting career, during the very low times in my life, as well as the highs. Elle has given me three wonderful children and enhanced all our lives.