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Petty Officer Ian McCracken

ADF Service: Joined the Navy in 1996 as a Navy Storeman. I have participated in multiple border protection operations as well as deploying to Kuwait in 2005.

Age: 52

Hometown: Perth, Western Australia

Current Town: Waikiki, Western Australia

Competing in: Swimming

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What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I had a stroke which left me with a brain injury.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

It has assisted with the rehabilitation from my brain injury and getting me back to working full time without restriction.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Being selected as an athlete in the 2017 Australian Invictus Games team. I am so proud and honoured to be able to represent my country alongside other wounded, injured and ill serving and former serving men and women.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

Being part of the Australian support team in the 2016 Invictus Games was such a special experience. It gave me extra motivation to try out as an athlete this time round.