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Captain Ruth Hunt

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in January 2016 and am currently employed as a Legal Officer.

Age: 35

Hometown: Perth, Western Australia

Current town: Sydney, New South Wales and Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Competing in: Indoor rowing and swimming

Captain Ruth Hunt

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2016. I completed my treatment in April 2018, although I have some surgeries at the end of this year.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

I have always played sport and being able to compete in the Invictus Games has given me a short term goal to focus on while I recover to full health.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Winning five gold medals at the United States Air Force (USAF) Warrior Games trials in Las Vegas just two weeks after finishing chemotherapy.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

To facilitate my recovery and to provide me with something to focus on.

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

It is not about winning for me. It is about doing my best and supporting other competitors. I am just happy to be competing, given my illness. It is a miracle I am still able to train, let alone compete.

The person I most admire is…

My partner, Lieutenant Colonel (LTCOL) Andrew Love. His unwavering support, while he continues to work full-time, has been inspiring. He has been constantly able to find ways to support me while working in demanding roles, and has always managed to get a smile out of me, even during chemo.

I genuinely do not know how he has managed everything over the past year. His commitment to the ADF - and to me - is truly inspiring.