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Marcus Wilson

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 1988 and discharged in 2002, having served both as a Gunner and a Medic.

I deployed to Bougainville in 1998 and was awarded the Nursing Service Cross (NSC) as a result of my work there. In 2000, I served as part of the Joint Incident Response Unit (JIRU) working to secure the Sydney Olympics. These two experiences were the highlights of my ADF career.

Age: 47

Hometown: Brisbane, Queensland

Current town: Broken Hill, New South Wales

Competing in: Cycling and sailing

Marcus Wilson

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

Numerous musculoskeletal injuries and a damaged spinal cord.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has quickly become a major part of my rehabilitation.

Before putting my hand up for the Invictus Games it was easier to stay at home and not exercise or socialise, which isn’t a healthy strategy for anyone.

By nominating for the Invictus Games and being selected, I have turned that approach around 180 degrees and am now headed on a much more positive pathway. This is entirely due to sport.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Being awarded the Bravery Medal (BM) for rescuing five passengers from a crashed helicopter in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

My efforts at joining the Invictus team started when I returned from Afghanistan in 2017 where I had worked for 10 years, setting up and running a civilian air ambulance service for the UN (United Nations) and other aid workers. I needed a way to reconnect with veterans and a reason to exercise.

Getting out of my comfort zone has paid dividends and now sport has become a major focal point. I have joined a number of clubs in the Broken Hill area and this has also meant widening my social circle, which has been a wonderful benefit.

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

It was being selected and, now that I am in the Invictus Games team, it is for the sailing team to make the finals competition and to post a good result in them. For cycling, it is to better my personal records.

The person I most admire is…

My immediate family - my wife, kids and parents.

They have given me unwavering support throughout the past five years which have been some of the most difficult in my life.

My kids show me that the future is bright. They give me a reason to get up every day and challenge myself to be better.

I sincerely hope that, by competing in the Invictus Games, I will similarly inspire them to chase their dreams, no matter what obstacles they may face.