ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 1993 and graduated from the Royal Military College (RMC) Duntroon in 1996.
I was a Logistics Officer in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. I deployed to Timor Leste in 2000 and UNTSO (United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation) in 2005.
I discharged from the ADF in 2015.
Hometown: Canberra, ACT
Current town: Brisbane, Queensland
Competing in: Athletics and powerlifting
What is the Nature of your injury or illness?
My injuries are associated with my early training at ADFA (Australian Defence Force Academy) and then RMC (Royal Military College, Duntroon).
I have feet conditions that cause daily discomfort that extends to my lower limbs. More recently I have experienced two DVTs (deep vein thrombosis events) that resulted in my veins needing to adapt, resulting in blocked veins.
What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?
Since taking up powerlifting, symptoms resulting from the blocked veins have largely dissipated. I now have a much greater awareness of my body and can feel the imbalances that present and can seek attention to get things resolved.
Going to the gym keeps my emotions in check and has increased my interest in physical activity and its relationship to better mental health.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
From a powerlifting perspective, achieving two Australian Masters bench press records within the GPC (Global Powerlifting Committee) and being selected on the Australian Invictus Games 2018 team.
Having the opportunity to serve at UNTSO was a goal I set as a teenager and was an extraordinary experience.
Finally, of course, my children. They have taught me so much, including how to be a better person.
Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?
It’s about getting back in touch with the veteran community and feeling at ease with myself. I also felt that, through my current powerlifting training and counselling study, I could contribute to the team in more ways than just as a competitor.
What will “winning” look like for you at these Games?
Being part of the team is a big part of winning for me. I have some personal bests in mind to achieve at the Games that will certainly be a significant milestone if it all works out.
Additionally, having others see my participation as a catalyst to get involved in something themselves - be it adaptive sports or just trying something new. That would be a big win for me.
The person I most admire is…
I admire many of those who have been in the Invictus Games team in the past, particularly those who have faced significant adversity like Garry and Katrina Robinson, who came out the other side and embraced life as it is, making the most of opportunities that are presented.