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Trudi Lines

ADF Service: I joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 2003 and have worked in various logistics units and Air Movements for operations management.

In 2011, I transferred to an Electrician role and, at the time, I was the first female in the RAAF to be trained in that trade.

I worked on various peacekeeping/ humanitarian operations in Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Thailand and Timor Leste and deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 and 2010.

I discharged from the ADF in 2017.

Age: 40

Hometown: Shepparton, Victoria

Current town: Townsville, Queensland

Competing in: Indoor rowing and wheelchair rugby

Trudi Lines

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I have injuries to my neck, lower back and ankle, and I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has been great for my mental health and ensuring that I maintain my fitness.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Joining the ADF and various accomplishments I’ve achieved in my military career.

In January 2010, I received an Australia Day medallion for my work with Air Movements.

Marching on Anzac Day with my Pop was also a pretty amazing experience.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

I was struggling to find a purpose after I left the ADF and needed to find something to a sense of purpose. I thought being around other former serving and current serving members would do it.

It’s certainly been comforting to feel like you're back at home with people with military background. It’s helped with my rehab and given me back that drive to be fit and get out and have a go at other things.

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

It gives me tingles, just thinking about it. To be out on the court with the guys I've been training with, to see their faces and to feel that excitement when we win. It will be so very rewarding. An unforgettable moment.

I'll again feel proud to have served in the military.

The person I most admire is…

My grandfather, who was an RAAF bomber pilot during WWII. I was honoured to have marched with him in Melbourne in 2014. We marched in uniform and wearing our medals, with me beside him as he rode in a new Mustang car.

It was a special day that I'll never forget. He even had a beer with me. He had a great spirit, right to end (2015) and was as tough as nails, never complaining about anything.