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Lance Corporal Gary Wilson

ADF Service: Joined the Army in 1998 as an Infantryman and transferred as an Operator Electronic Warfare Linguist in 2004. I served in East Timor in 2000 and 2002 and Afghanistan in 2010.

Hometown: Bundaberg, Queensland

Current Town: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Competing in: Athletics and indoor rowing

Gary Wilson

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I barely survived my deployment to Afghanistan in 2010 where I was critically wounded in a Black Hawk helicopter crash that killed four service personnel. I suffered multiple fractures, third degree burns and severe traumatic brain injuries.

After the accident I was in an unresponsive coma for two weeks, after which I slowly began the process of waking up, which took over two months.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Focusing on sport and the Invictus Games has been fantastic as it gives me something to aim for in training and an incentive to go to the gym.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Being involved in the Battle of Shah Wali Kot in 2010 where we received a battle honour.

While I was deployed my job was to provide early warning to my team on the ground, I was able to prevent one of our people from being killed as a result of my work.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

I wanted the opportunity to show that after being broken in service you shouldn't see your wounds, injuries or illness as a road block, you should see them only as detours.