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Sergeant Peter Rudland

ADF Service: Joined the Army in 1989 and will discharge later this year. I served in Cambodia in 1993, East Timor in 2001 and 2006, Iraq in 1997 and 2003 and Afghanistan in 2010.

Age: 45

Hometown: Northam, Western Australia

Current Town: York, Western Australia

Competing in: Cycling and wheelchair rugby

Peter Rudland

What is the Nature of your injury or illness? I was seriously injured in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010. The accident left me with severe injuries to my legs, pelvis, arms, back, shoulders, face and a traumatic brain injury.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation? It gives me something to work towards and reminds me that no matter how bad things get, there is always somebody worse off.

I was involved with the 2016 Invictus Games and got to meet others who had similar injuries to me and was able to hear about how they approached their rehabilitation.

What is your greatest achievement to date? Marrying my wife Tammy and being a father to my four children.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games? Initially I applied to give me something to work towards as part of my recovery. I re-applied again this year after meeting so many others last year in similar circumstances to me.