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Jason Jinks

ADF Service: Joined the Army in 1991 as an Infantryman. I served in Bougainville in 2000 and Iraq in 2004 before discharging in 2016.

Age: 44

Hometown: Melbourne, Victoria

Current Town: Clifton Springs, Victoria

Competing in: Archery and indoor rowing

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What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I have a lower back injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

It has given me a reason to get out of the house, to interact with people I normally wouldn’t and it has helped me get back my self-confidence. It has provided me with a sense of achievement.

Being selected to be part of the Australian Invictus Team has meant the world to me, it makes me feel like I am not forgotten about and I am still part of something.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

While touring the battlefields of northern France in 2005 I walked with a mate from Albert to Pozieres and we arrived at the cemetery at Pozieres just as the sun was coming up over the horizon, it just made the whole experience awesome.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

To be able to surround myself with truly inspirational people and for my family to see me have the confidence to compete in an unfamiliar environment and see me smile again on a regular basis.

I wanted to feel like I can achieve something and be part of a team.