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Warrant Officer Graham Bell

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army Reserve in 1977 in a Rifleman role. In 1984 I began work as an Armoured Vehicle Crewman.

I have participated in operations in the Solomon Islands and on border protection, as well as two domestic security operations.

I am currently posted to the University of New South Wales Regiment as an Instructor.

Age: 57

Hometown: Maitland, New South Wales

Current town: Maitland, New South Wales

Competing in: Archery

Warrant Officer Graham Bell

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I sustained leg and arm injuries when I was hit by a car. I have had major heart surgery, including replacement of an aortic valve.

I suffer from spinal disc protrusion, due to operational service. I have a major depressive disorder due to being severely injured.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has played a significant role in my rehabilitation. It encourages me to focus on what I can do, not dwell on what I can no longer do.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

My greatest achievements are a 40-year part time career in the Army, and marrying my beloved wife, followed by three children and four grandchildren. Sport wise, it has been achieving my personal best in archery due to the fantastic coaching from the Invictus Games coaches.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

Since being injured and going through a long rehabilitation myself, I’ve been interested in the psychology of the wounded, injured and ill during rehabilitation.

The adaptive sports program in the ADF has helped me find a way to participate and again be a part of a team. I will enjoy the camaraderie of not just my fellow Australian teammates but all the wounded, injured and ill competitors from around the world.

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

Wearing the Australian uniform and competing in archery in the Open Recurve Category, in a world class event.

The person I most admire is…

Anyone who has suffered a personal tragedy, like being wounded or injured, or a life threatening illness. When I see people pick themselves up, get off the lounge and move on, I am inspired.