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Tyrone Gawthorne

ADF Service: Joined the Army in 1999 as a Rifleman, served in multiple deployments to East Timor before deploying to Afghanistan in 2009/10. I discharged in 2011.

Age: 35

Hometown: Wonga beach, Queensland

Current Town: Wonga beach, Queensland

Competing in: Athletics, indoor rowing, powerlifting and swimming


What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

It has given me a lot of friendships and a strong support network. Sport has given me a goal to work towards as well as a reason to get out of bed in the morning and get on with life. It has allowed me to achieve things that I never thought I would be able to.
I have been able to help others by getting them involved in sport the way people initially helped me.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Being a dad.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

I wanted my children to see me in a different light as opposed to what they see every day. I have seen firsthand the difference being involved with events like the Invictus Games has on others in my position.