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Able Seaman Mark Daniels

ADF Service: I joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 2012 and I am currently serving as a Marine Technician at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria.

Age: 25

Hometown: Forest Lake, Queensland

Current town: Hastings, Victoria

Competing in: Indoor rowing, swimming, sitting volleyball and wheelchair rugby

Able Seaman Mark Daniels

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I am a right above knee amputee from a motorbike accident.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport saved my life. It gave me a sense of purpose and reminded me of who I am, despite my disability.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Competing at the 2018 Devonport Paratriathlon World Cup.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

To represent my country again in the green and gold while showcasing what I am capable of.

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

Having that gold medal around my neck with my friends and family watching on, knowing what I have had to overcome to just make it to the start line.

The person I most admire is…

Australian wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley. He has done amazing things for the adaptive sport community and how adaptive competitors are viewed, as not just people but also as sportsmen and women.