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Trent Forbes

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 1997 and discharged in 2016.

I deployed to Timor Leste in 2006/07 and to Afghanistan in 2009, 2011/12.

Age: 40

Hometown: Hobart, Tasmania

Current town: Brisbane, Queensland

Competing in: Cycling

Trent Forbes

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I have a variety of physical and mental injuries relating to my multiple deployments.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport, especially cycling, has been critical in keeping me physically active and engaged with the community, while greatly assisting me in my mental and physical rehabilitation.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Overcoming the challenges related to my injuries. It’s been a very long journey and I am proud that I have been able to continue to live life to the fullest and be a role model to my two daughters.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

A friend, who had previously competed at an Invictus Games, told me how great the experience was and how much he had learnt about himself from competing.

I wanted to be challenged and to represent my country on the international stage. I also saw the Games as an opportunity to show my children that, despite my injuries, I am still achieving things in life.

I want to inspire and support others who may be in a similar positon to me and show them that, while an injury or illness is part of who you are, it does not define you.

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

For me winning was applying for the Games because it took me outside of my comfort zone and challenged me to do something that I knew I would struggle with.

The person I most admire is…

My wife, for supporting me through my career and now keeping me on track with all of my injuries. She has made a massive commitment to give me this opportunity to extend myself and improve as a person.