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Captain Emma Kadziolka

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 2013 as a Nursing Officer and my postings have included: 8 Close Health Company, 1 Close Health Battalion and 1 Surgical Company, 2nd General Health Battalion. I am currently posted to 11 Close Health Company, 1 Close Health Battalion.

In 2015 I deployed to Iraq.

Age: 29

Hometown: Hobart, Tasmania

Current town: Brisbane, Queensland

Competing in: Athletics and indoor rowing

Captain Emma Kadziolka

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I was diagnosed with a Stage II Glioma (a brain tumour) in November 2016 and have not received treatment as my Glioma has remained dormant.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has given me a focus and enabled me to channel my energy into something positive and beneficial to maintaining my health and fitness. It has provided me with a psychological outlet, helping me to cope with depression that came after my diagnosis.

Sport has assisted me in coming to terms with any potential health difficulties in the future. My journey is not about rehabilitation or recovery, but more focused on getting myself fit and healthy to deal with any health complications in the future, as well as looking after my psychological wellbeing.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Being named Co-Captain of the Australian Invictus Games Team 2017.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

Being involved last year in the Games allowed me to see the positive effect it had on everyone involved. The Invictus Games is a powerful tool. It is a support network like no other and I wanted to be a part of that again.

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

I’m aiming for a personal best in my events and winning for me is walking away from competition knowing I had nothing left in the tank and that I gave it my all. For me, it is not about the gold, although that’s nice to have. The Invictus Games is so much more than medals and every competitor will have different goals in mind when they step into competition in October.

The person I most admire is…

I do not admire just one person. The people I have come to admire most recently are the men and women who were a part of last year’s Games. Not just my fellow Australians, but all competitors who have a story of experiencing some form of physical or psychological adversity, yet have triumphed above and beyond their injuries and illnesses to succeed in life.