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Stewart Sherman

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 2000 as a Combat Medic and medically discharged in 2013. During my career I posted to 1CSSB (Combat Services Support Battalion), 1RAR (Royal Australian Regiment), 2CDO (2 Commando Regiment), SOER (Special Operations Engineer Regiment) and Randwick Health Centre. I deployed to the Solomon Islands and Afghanistan with Delta Company 1RAR.

Age: 34

Hometown: Hobart, Tasmania

Current town: East Maitland, New South Wales

Competing in: Archery and wheelchair tennis

Stewart Sherman

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) related to my operational service in Afghanistan. I also suffer from lower leg injuries which make it difficult to participate in running and jumping during sports.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has been the pillar supporting my recovery. I think sport is a very important part of recovery as it allows me to set measureable goals that prove to myself that I am getting better and performing to the best of my ability.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Making the bronze medal match in Invictus Games Toronto 2017. Unfortunately we lost that match but it has motivated me to train even harder and longer, and to be at my peak this year.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

Over the past two years I have seen growth in my recovery and I want to be in and around the team to help mentor others who are just starting their journey, and to show them how sport can change lives for the better.

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

I think winning for me is improving on my best. I don't have to medal to be at my best. I would love to shoot a personal best in archery.

The person I most admire is…

My wife. She has stuck by me throughout my darkest days and been the stability that I and my children have needed. Everything she does is to benefit me and to allow me to compete and train for the Invictus Games. In my eyes, she is the embodiment of what the Invictus Games stand for and I thank her for that.