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Stewart Sherman

ADF Service: Joined the Army in 2000 as a Medical Technician. I served in the Solomon Islands in 2006 and Afghanistan in 2007, before discharging in 2013.

Age: 34

Hometown: Hobart, Tasmania

Current Town: East Maitland, New South Wales

Competing in: Wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis

Stewart Sherman

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of my deployment to Afghanistan.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

I competed in the 2016 Invictus Games and it provided me with a new focus on life and helped me build a healthy lifestyle.

At the time of my selection my doctors wanted to send me back to hospital for another round of PTSD counselling. Instead I was able to put my mind into training for the Invictus Games which in turn made a huge change to my mental state.

My relationships with my family and my willingness to participate in daily activities has improved and continues to improve every day.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Treating casualties while in an active combat environment was a real culmination of my training.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

I wanted to put myself in a position where I was required to step up and earn my place. It is not lost on me and I feel very lucky to be in this position and I will do everything I can to make the most out of it.