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Corporal Sonya Newman

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army Reserves in 1999 and transferred to the permanent Army in 2002. I am an Operator Specialist Vehicle 274-10 currently posted to the 1st Combat Service Support Battalion (1CSSB).

I have deployed to the Solomon Islands and Sumatra.

Age: 38

Hometown: Burnie, Tasmania

Current town: Darwin, Northern Territory

Competing in: Wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball and swimming

Corporal Sonya Newman

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

Above knee amputation following complications from minor surgery.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport gives me the motivation I need to get moving in life. My entire outlook has changed since I started swimming again and learnt to walk.

I now see what I can achieve in life, not what I cannot.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

My two young children, Douglas and Ashley.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

I was lucky enough to compete in last year’s Invictus Games in Toronto. It was such a life-changing experience to see people with different injuries and illness putting in so much effort to be the best that they can be. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be a part of the Games here in Australia.

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

Bringing my best efforts to the competition and showing my kids what I can achieve.

The person I most admire is…

My partner Jennifer, for the patience and compassion she has shown through my injury and recovery.

Her commitment to our children ensures that, no matter how difficult life can be, they always have a reason to smile.