ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 1996 and was a Clerk in the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps (RAAOC). I transferred to the Signals Corps in 1999 as a Computer Operator. I subsequently held a number of roles at units before being medically discharged in 2016.
During my career I deployed to Timor Leste and Afghanistan. I have also been involved in the Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program (AACAP) in Cape York Peninsula and a project in Papua New Guinea; and I was part of the search team following the 2011 floods in south east Queensland.
Hometown: Toowoomba, Queensland
Current town: Brisbane, Queensland
Competing in: Indoor rowing and sitting volleyball
What is the Nature of your injury or illness?
I suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), severe depression and anxiety and adjustment disorder. I have also suffered permanent nerve damage to my right hand during a training accident, injuries to both of my shoulders, lumbar spine and minor tears to the meniscus in both knees. My physical injuries were from usual military exercises and deployments, and my mental health issues directly relate to my deployments.
What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?
Sport has inspired me to get better both physically and mentally. It has forced me to socialise with other veterans, current serving members and the greater community, which I could not do - without major anxiety - a year ago.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Marrying my wonderful wife, Charmaine, and parenting our three boys and a beautiful grandson. Also, serving my country for 20 years.
Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?
After seven years of therapy, I was finally in the right head space to try out for the Invictus Games. In doing so, I hope to improve more by meeting other veterans and service members with similar disadvantages and to assist each other to recover.
What will “winning” look like for you at these Games?
Being in the presence of 500 Invictus Games competitors, competing for our countries and recovering.
The person I most admire is…
My ever-loving wife, Charmaine, who has supported me throughout our married life, including my service and subsequent disabilities and mental challenges. She was both mother and father to our children whenever I deployed, went on extended exercises and completed courses. Charmaine has helped me through very dark times and, without her, I would not be here today.