ADF Service: I joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in January 1998 and specialised as a Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Officer.
I was posted to operational service in Iraq in 2003, as well as service on ships, in diving teams and in instructional roles.
I medically discharged in February 2016.
Hometown: Manly, New South Wales
Current town: Queenstown, New Zealand
Competing in: Swimming and sailing
What is the Nature of your injury or illness?
I have a range of challenging health conditions.
What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?
I started sailing through the generous support of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Integrated disAbled Sailing (IdS) program. Sailing has been a helpful part of my recovery and transition from the ADF through the physicality and social interaction of the sport.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Having progressed through the IdS sailing programs, I am now part of a team of veterans who race regularly, as well as volunteering with the program.
Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?
It was a combination of encouragement from my family and fellow sailors. I see it as a way to progress my sailing, improve my health and wellbeing and to enjoy the opportunities that Invictus Games offers, notably representing Australia.
What will “winning” look like for you at these Games?
Sailing has been like a self-licking ice-cream for me. The mindfulness and teamwork in sailing continues to help me while I am learning to support other veterans on their individual journeys of recovery and transition. Winning to me means remaining true to this contribution, while giving my best in training and competition.