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Private Peter Brown

ADF Service: I joined the Army in 2011 as a Parachute Rigger. Unfortunately, due to injuries, I had to transfer to work as an Administration Clerk.

Age: 36

Hometown: St Marys, New South Wales

Current town: Townsville, Queensland

Competing in: Athletics and indoor rowing.

Private Peter Brown

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

Serious leg injury from a parachute jump accident.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

I have always been interested in sport and fitness. So, when injuries restricted mobility and strength in my legs, sport had a massive effect on me - not only physically, but mentally. Getting back into any form of sport and fitness has given me a goal and a purpose to work towards. Mentally, it has been a major outlet and stress relief for me.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Being a father to my three amazing children.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

To challenge myself, physically and mentally. However, my main personal reason is to show my kids that no matter how hard things get, no matter how long your recovery and rehabilitation is, always strive to achieve your goals and dreams - even if your original dreams have been smashed and you have to make new ones.

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

It has always been a dream of mine to represent Australia. So, just being selected to participate in the Invictus Games and doing my family proud is “winning” to me. Of course, I will give my all, but anything further - like winning medals - would mean more to my kids than me.

The person I most admire is…

My mother. Although I lost her two years ago to cancer, she was and still is my inspiration. Even when she was getting sicker, she always put her kids and grandchildren first.