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Pilot Officer Nathan Parker

ADF Service: Joined the Air Force in 2014 and was a pilot trainee at the Australian Defence Force Academy until I was injured.

Age: 21

Hometown: Lismore, New South Wales

Current Town: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Competing in: Swimming, athletics and indoor rowing

Nathan Parker

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I suffered an amputation of my left hand, laceration and tendon damage to my right hand and facial lacerations following a bus roll-over accident.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

I was strongly motivated to return to running during my recovery. Since achieving that goal, sport and training has not only enabled me to continue to get stronger and fitter, but has also enabled me to return to training alongside my military peers.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Returning to the air and regaining my Recreational Aviation Australia, Pilot’s Certificate following the bus accident which caused my injuries.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

The 2017 Invictus Games was a goal I set myself while recovering in hospital in the days following the accident. I also want to represent the Air Force, the Australian Defence Force and my country on the world stage.