ADF Service: Joined the Army in 1995 as a Combat Engineer where I served in East Timor in 2006 and 2009. I also served in Afghanistan in 2007 before being medically discharged in 2014.
Hometown: Ipswich, Queensland
Current Town: Townsville, Queensland
Competing in: Athletics, cycling, indoor rowing and swimming
What is the Nature of your injury or illness?
I was severely wounded during my deployment to Afghanistan while rendering safe an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Wounds sustained include; amputated right arm below the elbow, amputation of thumb and finger on left hand, loss of right eye and visually impaired in left eye. A loss of sensation and touch is experienced in upper limbs with a loss of motor skills in left wrist and fingers.
What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?
Sport helps to build my identity and self-esteem through giving me vision and purpose while empowering others. Through competing and social engagement, I continue to build on my resilience and learn more about my abilities.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Coming 1st in my category (para-athlete) in the Cairns 140.6 Ironman. The 140.6 Ironman challenged my vision during a 3.8km open water swim and on an 180km bike ride in rough and wet conditions. My hand dexterity was tested over undulating terrain while finishing with a 42km run.
Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?
To feel a sense of purpose and belonging that had been lost after being medically discharged – while empowering my family and children about the true meaning of sacrifice, endurance and mateship (“Battle for Life, Life is Heart”).