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Corporal Sonya Newman

ADF Service: Joined the Army in 1999 as an Operator Specialist Driver. I served in the Solomon Islands in 2004.

Age: 36

Hometown: Burnie, Tasmania

Current Town: Marrakai, Northern Territory

Competing in: Swimming, indoor rowing and wheelchair basketball

Sonya Newman

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

After about 15 operations and contacting a staph infection, my right leg was amputated below the knee.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

It has provided me with the motivation I needed to get moving in life. I started swimming again, learnt to walk and my entire outlook has since changed. I now see what I can achieve in life and not what I can’t.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

My two children Douglas aged 5 and Ashley aged 3.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

I did a lot of swimming as a teenager and swam at the national titles, so when I saw the Invictus Games nominations come out I thought I would try out. I knew the experience would give me confidence and inspiration.