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Jamie Tanner

ADF Service: I joined the Army in 2001 before discharging in 2011 as an Infantryman. During my career, I deployed to Timor Leste, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Age: 35

Hometown: Lismore, New South Wales

Current town: Ballina, New South Wales

Competing in: Wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I suffer from numerous musculoskeletal injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and adjustment disorder.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Adaptive sport has been the way for me to join in again - not just in sport, but life in general. Sport is helping me to become comfortable around people. It’s given me a reason to leave the house, to work on my physical fitness and to become part of a team.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Accepting that I needed help and then to actively engage in my rehabilitation program.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

To confirm to myself that I have moved forward and am progressing with my recovery, both physically and mentally.

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

Putting myself out there and participating in an event such as the Invictus Games is the biggest win I can achieve.

The person I most admire is…

There is no one person I admire more than another. I admire every single competitor who has shown the courage and the determination to attend and compete at past, present and future Invictus Games. Every person at these Games has overcome enormous hurdles and great personal struggles to get to the point where they can compete on an international stage. Every competitor at the Invictus Games has a unique story of how they got to where they are today and everyone of them should be admired. I also admire the family and friends who have stood by the competitors during the darkest of times. Without their unconditional support, we would not be here to share our stories.