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Garry Robinson

ADF Service: Joined the Army in 1994 and discharged in 2016 as a Special Forces Sniper Team Commander. Throughout my service I completed multiple deployments in Afghanistan and East Timor.

Age: 43

Hometown: St Mary’s, New South Wales

Current Town: Camden Park, New South Wales

Competing in: Cycling and swimming

Garry Robinson

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I was in a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan in 2010. I suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and fractured multiple bones including my lower leg that would not mend and just over a year later it had to be amputated.

I had a lot of internal bleeding, had to have my spleen removed and I also had a punctured lung. I was in an induced coma for four weeks, while my body healed and I spent two years in hospital rehabilitating from my brain injury.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Being part of the Invictus Games in 2014 and 2016 gave me the feeling of belonging again. Each day I struggle to get out of bed, but the Invictus Games has given me something to focus on and work towards.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

In sport my greatest achievement was making the Australian team for the age group, long course world championship triathlon. This is something I always strived towards in the sport I loved doing.

In the military my greatest achievement was that I was able to fight alongside my mates and was part of the Battle of Sha Wali Kot. Our unit received a battle honour for its achievements.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

I wanted to compete alongside other wounded, injured and ill serving and former serving personnel. This gives me the moral courage and inspiration to continue my recovery.