ADF Service: I joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as a Communications Information System Sailor (CIS) in 2006 and medically discharged in 2015. I served on board HMAS Adelaide, HMAS Newcastle and HMAS Sydney.
Hometown: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Current town: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Competing in: Powerlifting and indoor rowing
What is the Nature of your injury or illness?
I have adjustment disorder with depressive moods and anxiety. I also have a degenerative joint disease of the right knee.
What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?
Sport has enabled me to re-enter the community and leave the house. My chosen sports keep me active and have me on the road to being happy and healthier than I have been for a long time. It has provided a goal to remain focused on.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Graduating from recruit school in front of family and friends. Growing up, all I ever talked about doing was joining the ADF and this was the start of that journey for me.
Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?
After not being selected for Invictus Games 2017 I knew there were a lot of things I had to go away and work on. I decided to re-apply in 2018 to challenge myself and to show I am more capable than my negative self-talk allowed me to be. I have come back stronger and with a little more self-confidence.
What will “winning” look like for you at these Games?
It will be walking away knowing I have done my best, had fun and found a new group of people I can call friends and family.
The person I most admire is…
Not just one person. It’s the person who never gives up but keeps moving forward. It’s the person who makes mistakes and learns from them and keeps going. It’s the person who makes time for others, does not judge but listens, supports and gives strength to them through the good and bad times.