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Corporal Taryn Barbara

ADF Service: I joined the Army in 2004 and am currently posted to 11Close Health Company (11CHC) in Brisbane where I work as a Physical Training Instructor (PTI). During my 14 years’ service I have participated in a range of humanitarian operations, including flood assistance in Queensland. In 2010 I took part in an infantry foundation warfighting activity in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Age: 31

Hometown: Rockhampton, Queensland

Current town: Brisbane, Queensland

Competing in: Swimming

Corporal Taryn Barbara

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I sustained a cumulative back and hip injury during an Army physical training course.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Being actively involved in sport has helped me understand that, although I cannot achieve and do all the things I previously could, I can make new goals. Invictus Games 2018 has helped me set new opportunities for success.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Raising my two beautiful girls. They mean the world to me and provide me with an amazing sense of achievement.

During my career in the ADF, my greatest achievement has been working on the clean-up and community recovery efforts in Brisbane and North Queensland, following a cyclone and floods. This gave me a sense of being something special.

I have also been fortunate enough to be posted to various training commands where I have helped people rehabilitate and train towards their own career goals within the ADF.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

Sustaining my injury challenged me and forced me to make life changes. My main drive for applying to take part in the Invictus Games was to provide a ‘positive’ to focus on.

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

I believe I have already experienced that winning feeling. Being selected is already a great accomplishment. Winning a medal would be the icing on the cake.

The person I most admire is…

The man I am fortunate enough to call my husband. He has such a level head and supports me through everything. If I have a goal, he will move heaven and earth to help me achieve it.