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Private Luke Jones

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 2010 and am currently serving in a Rifleman position at Rehab Platoon, 8/9 RAR (8/9 Royal Australian Regiment). I deployed to Iraq in 2015.

Age: 31

Hometown: Sydney, New South Wales

Current town: Brisbane, Queensland

Competing in: Powerlifting and sitting volleyball

Private Luke Jones

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

Below knee amputee.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Playing sport and competing has helped me, both physically and mentally. It has brought back some sense of normality into my day-to-day life and has played a big part with me adapting to my injury.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

I am not sure what my greatest achievement is, but my greatest sporting achievement - since I lost my leg - would be winning a bronze medal in powerlifting at the the United States Air Force (USAF) Warrior Games Trials.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

I got a taste for adaptive sports in 2017 when I competed at the Warrior Games in Chicago. Seeing so many people overcoming their injuries and disabilities was inspirational - especially seeing those who were worse off than me achieving their goals. After meeting them and hearing their stories, I knew that I wanted to continue with adaptive sports and see just how far I could push myself, despite my injury.

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

Win or lose, I think that just to make the Australian team is an achievement I can be proud of.