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Wayne Hopkins

ADF Service: I joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1990 and, after 21 years of service, was medically discharged in 2011.

During my career, I deployed on active service to Iraq, and on operations and other exercises with allied forces.

Age: 46

Hometown: Wangi Wangi, New South Wales

Current town: Arcadia Vale, New South Wales

Competing in: Archery and cycling

Wayne Hopkins

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), chronic anxiety and depression, and numerous musculoskeletal and nerve crush injuries, as a result of my ADF service.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has provided me with the opportunity for mood stabilisation, re-integration with the civilian community and a chance to set personal goals and achieve them.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Being married to my wife for 26 years and raising three healthy and intelligent young adults.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

Since my discharge I have been consistently attending rehabilitation programs and I felt I was at a stage where I could meet the needs and demands of participating in the Invictus Games. This was reinforced when I sailed in the Invictus Games launch in Sydney in 2017.

I am proud to have served my country and I applied for Invictus Games 2018 to focus on a specific short-term goal. I also applied for the opportunity to encourage others to live life to the best of their abilities.

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

Doing my best and improving my overall fitness, both physically and mentally.

The person I most admire is…

My wife and three lovely children. They have always been supportive throughout my career and when I was at my weakest during my rehabilitation.

Outside my awesome family, I admire Kurt Fearnley OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia). I also admire Kurt’s wife and family for all the love and support they have provided him in his quest to be the best father, husband and athlete.