ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 1995 as a Combat Engineer where I specialised in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD).
My overseas service included Timor Leste (2009 / 2006) and Afghanistan (2007) before I was medically discharged in 2014.
Hometown: Ipswich, Queensland
Current town: Townsville, Queensland
Competing in: Athletics, cycling and indoor rowing
What is the Nature of your injury or illness?
Seriously wounded and ill from my overseas service, I continue to define my mental and physical limitations. I manage my mental health diagnoses - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, Depression) - with support and a degree of acceptance.
My physical losses (right arm below the elbow, fingers on my left hand and right eye) and impairments (left eye and hearing) don’t define me be character or name.
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 and re-defining labels. Through competing and social engagement, I continue to build on my resilience and learn more about my strengths and defeating my fears. I like to think sport shows my children that I’m willing to accept my choices and losses - regardless of perception, labels and hardship.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Completing the Cairns 140.6 Ironman (3.km swim / 180km ride / 42km run) in 12hrs 35minutes and swimming the Rottnest Channel (19.7km).
Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?
For a number of reasons: To build on the mateship I found during Invictus Games 2017; to overcome the hardship I endured while at the 2017 Games; and to feel that sense of purpose and belonging when representing Australia on home soil.
What will “winning” look like for you at these Games?
Having a sense I conquered my fears and difficulties, with no relapse, while trying to enjoy the moment.
The person I most admire is…
Team Hoyt, a father and son (Richard and Rick) team who competed together in various athletic endeavours (Marathons, Ironman and Triathlons) to show commitment, gratitude and the meaning of life, given Rick was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.