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Paul Langley

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 1980 and discharged in 1987. During my service I was an Assault Swimmer Diver and Section Commander with 1 Commando Company (1 CDO COY).

Age: 62

Hometown: Sydney, New South Wales

Current town: Brisbane, Queensland

Competing in: Indoor rowing and sailing

Paul Langley

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

As a result of a parachute accident, together with ongoing training with heavy equipment training, I sustained a Bilateral hip replacement, torn trapeze muscle, torn ligaments in ankle, damaged rotator cuff in shoulder, arthritic joints knees and back.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has given me the ability to redefine my physical and mental targets. It’s given me new goals for training my body, for strength, and my mind, for mental toughness. Sport helps me in my day to day life as well as enabling me to help others in their own struggles.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

I have just competed in the Outrigger World Sprint Championships in Tahiti representing Australia in the single V1 (one man) and the team V6 (six men) events, winning bronze in both.

In 2015 I represented Australia as team captain in the Dragonboat World Championships in Canada. The team comprised 318 competitors and 195 supporters. We medaled (68) in nearly all events.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

As a mature veteran I hope to show older veterans the Invictus Games approach to life where success means putting your best foot forward with people who will not judge you, stepping out of your comfort zone and challenging what may have become your personal norm, to grasp a new lease on life.

This may also help younger veterans by showing them they can have a long and active life ahead. If I can inspire just one person, my participation in the Invictus Games will not be wasted.

What will “winning” look like for you at these Games?

For me, the Invictus Games is not so much about me personally winning events. Rather, it is just as much about me helping my teammates to reach their goals and believe in themselves. I will cheer loudly for the winners and even louder for those who are giving their best. Whoever competes is a winner.

The person I most admire is…

People with broken bodies and minds who show there is no barrier too great for them to try to conquer, inspiring us with their efforts.