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Peter Rudland

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 1989 and discharged in 2017

I deployed to Cambodia in 1993, Iraq in 1997 and 2003, Timor Leste in 2001 and 2006 and Afghanistan in 2010.

Age: 47

Hometown: York, Western Australia

Current town: Tweed Heads, New South Wales

Competing in: Cycling and wheelchair rugby

Peter Rudland

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I was in a Black Hawk crash in Afghanistan in 2010 that left me with multiple musculoskeletal injuries.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has provided the platform for me to redevelop my competitive attitude and has given me positive role models.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

I am very proud of my rehabilitation and selection into the 2016 and 2017Australian Invictus Games teams. I was also lucky enough to be a Co-Captain of the 2017 team and I won Gold in the recumbent cycling Time Trial and Criterium.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

I thought Invictus Games 2018 would provide a great opportunity for all the people that have been involved in my rehabilitation to see how far I have come and, in some way, see how much I appreciate everything people have done for me.

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

The Australian wheelchair rugby team has worked really hard over the last few years. I would love to see the team win a medal.

The person I most admire is…

Garry and Katrina Robinson. I worked with Garry in Afghanistan. He was the most professional and brave soldier I ever worked with. We were wounded together and lay in beds next to each other in hospital. I watched him come back from massive injuries. His wife Katrina’s dedication to his rehabilitation and development is second to none. They do everything together and she does so much for him. In my opinion, Garry and Katrina represent all the qualities of the Invictus Games.