ADF Service: I Joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 1994 and discharged in 2001. During my time in the RAN I deployed as a Steward on HMAS Newcastle to a number of locations and then spent a short time on board HMAS Brisbane.
Hometown: Devonport, Tasmania
Current town: Devonport, Tasmania
Competing in: Athletics, cycling and wheelchair rugby
What is the Nature of your injury or illness?
I am a T6 complete paraplegic as a result of a pocket of fluid - called a syrinx - which formed inside my spinal cord. I sustained this injury following dehydration of my spinal cord - during a clearance diver selection course - and a subsequent motorcycle accident.
What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?
It took me a while to realise the positive impact team sports could have on my physical and mental wellbeing. I wanted to meet new people and travel again. The people you meet at sporting events are always like-minded and have the same outlook and positivity.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Winning the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Triathlon in 2016 on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?
It was a culmination of disappointment after missing out on Year 2016 Rio Paralympics selection, exhilaration after winning the Triathlon World Championship and then dealing with injury. This resulted in me deciding to take some time out from the sporting spotlight. But then the opportunity of the Invictus Games came along and I have been amazed by how awesome the preparation has been. I have gained so much from the last few months of training and meeting other athletes.
What will “winning” look like for you at these Games?
Winning at the Invictus Games would mean a lot. I hope it would then inspire other competitors - no matter their level of their disability - to get out and have a crack.
The person I most admire is…
I really look up to Richie Porte, the cyclist. I am inspired by the amazing things he has done and will hopefully continue to do. Two members of the Invictus Games squad – Peter Rudland and Garry Robinson – also inspire me. The mental and physical trauma that they have both overcome - while still smiling and helping others - is amazing.