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Peter Arbuckle

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 1989 and served in 2/4 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (2/4RAR). I deployed to Cambodia 1992-1993.

Age: 47

Hometown: Brisbane, Queensland

Current town: Townsville, Queensland

Competing in: Wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, sailing and sitting volleyball

Peter Arbuckle

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I have a left below-knee amputation and have spinal disc derangement in my lower back.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has played a pivotal role in my rehabilitation. I cannot stress enough the importance of sport in anyone’s rehabilitation. Sport gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning, face the limits of my disabilities and transfer my energy into competitive sport. I cannot imagine what my life would be like without sport being my focus.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Competing at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto and also being a member of the Australian wheelchair rugby league team which competed in the 2017 World Cup in France.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

I am only at the start of my rehabilitation journey and the Invictus Games in Sydney is the next step for me.

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

Winning will take on many forms. Firstly, being the competitive person that I am, winning means winning. I hate to lose and I have set a goal to perform better than I did in Toronto.

That said, winning will also take on a much deeper meaning for me because it means defeating my demons and disabilities. It will mean coming out on top in my own internal battles.

However, above all else, winning for me will be seeing every competitor at the Games come away in a better place mentally than when they arrived. Winning is seeing the smiles and tears of my brothers and sisters in uniform.

The person I most admire is…

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who made it to the top in three very different professions: body building, entertainment and politics. He excelled by setting goals and overcoming adversity. I admire him for his courage, his tenacity and his devotion to everything that he has ever set his mind to.