ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 1996 as an Infantryman. I served in Malaysia in 1997 and 2006; East Timor in 1999, 2001 and 2004; in the Sinai in 2007; and in Afghanistan in 2015.
I discharged from the Army in 2016.
Hometown: Chelsea, Victoria
Current town: Townsville , Queensland
Competing in: Cycling
What is the Nature of your injury or illness?
I sustained a number of injuries throughout my 20-year service in the ADF.
What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?
Sport keeps me mentally and physically focused. Without sport and associated physical goals, my injuries would have worsened and stopped me from integrating back into society.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Being a father and a husband; and completing 20 years of service with the Infantry Corps.
Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?
When I attended my first Invictus Games (in 2017), I wasn't mentally focused on achieving my best. Now I am.
What will “winning” look like for you at these Games?
Winning medals is only one part of the story. It’s the transition of the competitors as they progress through their rehabilitation and ultimately perform to the best standard they can achieve.
The person I most admire is…
My wife Susan, who has experienced the highs and lows of supporting an Infantry Soldier, moving house 13 times and putting aside her career while I focused on my military career.
She has had a lot of late nights waiting for me to come home and/or for a very brief phone call from far away to hear that I’m OK. Susan has done an amazing job as my best friend, wife and mother to our son. She is my life.
In close second, in the sporting world the person I most admire is Australian cyclist and 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans.