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Corporal Steven Avery

ADF Service: I joined the Royal Australia Air Force (RAAF) in 2006 and am due to discharge in January 2019. During my ADF service I deployed on a border protection operation and an operation supporting ADF contingency planning and regional relationships in the Middle East. I am currently an Instructor at the Air Intelligence Training Unit and have been an Air Intelligence Analyst (AIA) since February 2013. Prior to being an AIA I was a Security Police member.

Age: 33

Hometown: Maitland, New South Wales

Current town: Adelaide, South Australia

Competing in: Wheelchair basketball

Corporal Steven Avery

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

Osteoarthritis of the right knee sustained during an Army course activity; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); and depression.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has given me the motivation to get up and do something. For a long time I just sat inside feeling sorry for myself, putting on weight and becoming unhealthy. Getting back into sport has given me drive, motivation and the willpower to succeed. I still have my bad days but they are fewer because I have sport to look forward to when I start feeling down.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

It is raising my beautiful daughter to be the best she can be.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

With my injuries, I was finding it hard to do things with my daughter and I felt I was letting her down. I applied for the Invictus Games so I could show her how to go about achieving goals and to make her proud of me.

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

Putting on the green and gold to represent Australia. Anything else is just a bonus. I feel that everyone who has applied for Invictus Games 2018 has won. They have done something to test themselves and push boundaries. Even if that is a little victory for some, it can be a huge personal victory for others.

The person I most admire is…

Both my parents. They raised me to be the man I am today, with the fighting spirit that I have. They have supported me through all my victories but, more importantly, they have always been there when I have been at rock bottom. They have never given up on me and encourage me every day to achieve my dreams, whatever they may be.