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Matthew Model

ADF Service: I joined the Army as a Rifleman in 2004 and deployed overseas on peace keeping operations in 2006 and 2007. I was injured in East Timor in 2007 and medically discharged in 2008.

Age: 33

Hometown: Coffs Harbour, New South Wales

Current town: Port Macquarie, New South Wales

Competing in: Athletics and indoor rowing

Matthew Model

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I sustained a lumbar/spinal injury after a significant fall. This occurred at night during operations to catch former Timorese rebel leader Alfredo Reinado.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has always been a part of my life and, although having an injury now, I have been lucky enough to adapt to the challenges involved in continuing an active lifestyle. Sport has aided in my recovery both physically and mentally, giving me the confidence to participate and achieve personal sporting goals.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Apart from (so far) successfully raising twin11 year old boys, it is training and competing in three 42km marathons - including the iconic Gold Coast Marathon and the Beach 2 Brother cross country marathon. These events seemed almost impossible, considering my injury and physical capacity. Against a lot of odds and advice I managed to both compete and complete.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

After receiving a great deal of encouragement from family and friends, the Invictus Games was my new goal for 2018. Watching a close friend - with whom I served – battle PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), overcome it and win a silver medal at Invictus Games 2017 was inspiring. It motivated me to apply.

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

“Winning” for me will be no easy task with so much talent and strong competition in the Invictus Games community. If I can turn up well prepared and be competitive, I have already won and achieved so very much.

The person I most admire is…

My family - for the continued support I have received throughout my rehabilitation and during my Invictus Games journey.