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Matthew Blunt

ADF Service: I joined the Artillery Corps of the Australian Army Reserves in 1994 and transferred to full-time service in 1998 where I served in the Catering and Transport Corps. I deployed to Timor Leste in 1999 and Malaysia in 2005. I was medically discharged in 2016.

Age: 42

Hometown: East Maitland, New South Wales

Current town: Wallan, Victoria

Competing in: Archery and wheelchair rugby

Matthew Blunt

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and multiple physical injuries. My main physical injury, to my back, occurred during a vehicle rollover accident on a training exercise. I suffered ruptured and bulged discs and nerve damage to my spine. I also have curvature of the spine.

I have had a left ankle reconstruction, right knee reconstruction and two shoulder reconstructions on my right shoulder. I have tinnitus and partial deafness in my right ear and pterygiums in my eyes, affecting my vision.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Getting back into sport has helped me get out of the house and meet new people. I struggle to get out of bed daily and having sport in my life gives me something to focus on.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

From a personal perspective, it is the birth of my daughter in 2015.

From a sporting perspective, it was winning the 1Brigade rugby union grand final with 1Combat Service Support Battalion (1CSSB) in 2005 and being selected for both the Army and the Northern Territory Defence rugby union teams.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

I was looking for a sense of purpose and I wanted to be alongside other wounded soldiers who understand without judgement. This helps with my recovery and moving forward in life

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

For me, winning will look like team unity, smiling faces and happy voices. Being as good as I can to support my teammates.

The person I most admire is…

I admire the soldiers who have lost everything and gotten back up. There is one guy who I train with in the wheelchair rugby team who has a T6 spinal injury and complete loss of movement in his legs, but he is the happiest guy I have ever met.

I have so much admiration for people with that positive attitude.