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Michael Lyddiard

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.

Age: 40

Hometown: Ipswich, Queensland

Current Town: Townsville, Queensland

Competing in: Athletics, cycling, indoor rowing and swimming

Michael Lyddiard

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”).