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Matthew Payne

ADF Service: I served in the Australian Army from 1998 to 2004 as a Marine Specialist and deployed to Timor Lese and Papua New Guinea.

From 2005 to 2017 I served with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as a Marine Technician with postings to HMAS Cairns, HS Blue and Red crews and HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Age: 38

Hometown: Darwin, Northern Territory

Current town: Cairns, Queensland

Competing in: Wheelchair basketball

Matthew Payne

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

Bilateral ankle instability; shin splints; severe knee deterioration; osteoarthritis of the shoulders; neck and spinal degeneration. I also have adjustment disorder and depression.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has helped me gain back some of my life. It has given me the strength to get back out there and push aside the pain in my mind, so that I can enjoy life.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Fatherhood.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

I want to be pushed past my limits and out of the comfort zone of my home. I want to meet some truly inspirational people who have gone through similar experiences.

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

Walking out during the opening ceremony wearing the Australian team colours of green and gold. I think that every competitor has, in some way, already won – just by giving it a go.

The person I most admire is…

People like my Australian Invictus Games teammates Gary Robinson, Peter Rudland, Michael Lyddiard and Gary Wilson.

What these guys and their families have gone through - and how they have progressed - is truly amazing. They show how tough we Aussies really can be.

Seeing what the guys are doing makes me realise that there is no excuse for not trying just because it hurts, or you think you can’t do it. Get out there and give it a go.

There is always someone worse off than you and, if that person is trying, then why not you?