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Rye Shawcroft

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 2014 and discharged in 2015.

Age: 22

Hometown: Carrum Downs, Victoria

Current town: Carrum Downs, Victoria

Competing in: Wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball

Rye Shawcroft

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

Neural pathway and circulation problems; and musculoskeletal problems with knees and hips.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has played a massive role in my rehabilitation. It has helped with pain management and helped me overcome, adapt and adjust to the damage and change that injuries have made to my life. It continues my efforts to maintain an active lifestyle, set goals that I can strive to achieve and get me out into the broader community.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Competing in obstacle course racing throughout Australia

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

I applied for the Games, to maintain an active lifestyle, to help me set achievable goals, to get out into the broader community and to help others with disabilities - showing them that your physical and or mental disabilities don’t need to hold you back from doing the things you love and enjoy.

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

For me being a part of the Invictus Games team is already “winning”. Representing my country and the wounded, injured and ill service and ex-service men and women, is winning enough for me.

The person I most admire is…

I don’t have any single person who I most admire. Anyone who can get back up after falling down, and continue on, is worth my admiration.