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Sarah Sliwka

ADF Service: Joined the Army in 2002 as a Signalman before discharging in 2006.

Age: 33

Hometown: Broken Hill, New South Wales

Current Town: Brisbane, Queensland

Competing in: Powerlifting and swimming

Sarah Sliwka

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I have a lower back injury and snapped the ligaments in my ankle as a result of pack marching.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has been the driving force behind my rehabilitation both physically and mentally. Learning how to lift properly even though I am still in constant discomfort has allowed me toprogress my goals in sport. I don’t take medication for my injury; instead I use natural remedies and sport as my medication.

Sport has always been a huge part of my life since I was young. It has been even more important to me since discharging from the Army, helping me build confidence and giving me a sense of achievement that I lost after discharging.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Winning my Pro Card with the Professional Natural Body Building Association and being able to compete on an international level.

I am also very proud to have been chosen to represent Australia as part of the 2017 Australian Invictus Games Team.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

I wanted to be around other serving and ex-serving soldiers again and enjoy the team environment that I have missed so much since discharging.