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Tyrone Gawthorne

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 1999 as a Rifleman and during my career I was posted to the 1st and 4th Battalions Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR and 4RAR) during which time I deployed to Timor Leste and Afghanistan.

I medically discharged in 2011.

Age: 36

Hometown: Caboolture, Queensland

Current town: Daintree , Queensland

Competing in: Athletics and powerlifting

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I have a lower limb degenerative injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has played an enormous role in my rehabilitation, both in regards to my health and fitness, and my drive. It has given me direction, a schedule, a routine and, most of all, a goal to continue on this path.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Thus far, it is my children.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

I want to continue the Invictus Games path to rehabilitation - not only for myself, but for the many other veterans in my community who are struggling from day to day. By setting an example, and giving it a crack, may they also take the chance to change their lives for the better.

The Invictus Games is such a positive event, clearly showing the benefits of adaptive sports.

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

Making the team and representing Australia, with like-minded veterans and current serving personnel, is already a win.

The person I most admire is…

The Invictus Team - which I am proud to be a part of - and ultimately, its founder, His Royal Highness, Prince Harry.