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Emilea Mysko

ADF Service: I joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 2007 and discharged in 2015.

During my career I worked on a military ward at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.

I was involved in peace keeping missions throughout south-east Asia.

Age: 30

Hometown: Adelaide, South Australia

Current town: Adelaide, South Australia

Competing in: Cycling and indoor rowing

Emilea Mysko

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I have mental health illness and physical injuries sustained due to service, impeding my ability to play sport.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has been an integral part of my ability to feel part of a team again, to feel a sense of belonging. It has given me direction and focus, with support and encouragement beside me. Sport allows me to use physical activity to reduce mental health symptoms and to feel able again.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Currently my greatest achievement is being a single mum, raising a six year old girl who is confident, independent, happy and intelligent.

In sport, my greatest achievement is overcoming injuries and getting involved in a new sport that can be adapted and achieved, despite these injuries.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

I was advised to apply when I was having difficulty adapting to the restrictions of a surgery. It was impacting my physical and mental health. I was given a bike and when I started cycling, it gave me a sense of achievement - just by being able to participate in a physical activity. I felt the Invictus Games would give me the focus I needed to assist in my rehabilitation.

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

Winning at the Games starts before the opening ceremony. It will be the ability to compete in a new sport, just 12 months after getting parts of my foot fused - something I never could have imagined.

Winning is being part of the Australian team, while encouraging and supporting fellow athletes. Being in a team environment and representing my country will give me a real sense of pride and achievement, which I felt I lost when I discharged from the RAN.

The person I most admire is…

There is no one person I admire. My parents are the two people to whom I owe everything. Without them, I could not do what I do.

They have always shown strength and resilience. At times it is a bit of tough love, but they are the true testament of love, strength, hope and resilience. They have never given up on me, even when I, myself, had given up on me.