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Heidi Joosten

ADF Service: Joined the Army in 2004 as a Combat Clerk. I served in the Middle East in 2008/09 before discharging in early 2017.

Age: 31

Hometown: Melbourne, Victoria

Current Town: Croydon North, Victoria

Competing in: Athletics

Heidi Joosten

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I have a neck and back injury as well as muscular strain of my spinal muscles from a Land Rover roll-over accident during a military exercise.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has been important for my rehabilitation and pain management by releasing ‘feel-good’ endorphins that help reduce my perception of pain.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Marching out of Kapooka after enlisting in the Army as well as making the State Athletics Team and being able to compete at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

To give me a sense of hope and allow me to feel engaged with both serving and ex-serving Defence members even though I have recently discharged.

I think this opportunity will boost my confidence and provide me with an opportunity to reconnect with my local athletics community after being away from my hometown for eight years.