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Daniel Prowse - Selby

Daniel Prowse of Selby will be representing Australia in an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.

Daniel will be among 15 serving Defence members and 21 RSL sponsored athletes competing in the inaugural event, an initiative of His Royal Highness Prince Harry.

The Navy Lieutenant will be competing in the Invictus Games in London with over 400 competitors from 14 nations.

Before joining the ADF in 2009, Daniel worked as a barman and since enlistment has gained qualifications as a Maritime Warfare Officer, Damage Control Instructor and Boarding Officer.

Daniel currently works as a project support officer with a logistics information and communications technology project, and is looking forward to returning to his training as a Maritime Geospatial Officer-Hydrography.

He is currently being treated for a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and anxiety.  Daniel works at RAAF Williams-Laverton while undergoing rehabilitation which allows him the opportunity to reside in his old locality surrounded by family and friends.

Daniel will be competing in 100M sprint, 50M backstroke, swimming relay, archery and wheelchair basketball.

Since being selected for participation Daniel said his training has increased exponentially.

"I have two intense one on one personal training session per week," he said.

"I also participate in workplace sport twice a week, swim once, undertake individual running training and have a specialised diet.

"Focusing on the Games has injected me with much needed motivation, and given me focus as well as allowed me to create and reach my fitness goals.

Daniel said having his father by his side at the games will be a definite highlight.

"My family are very proud of me for being selected as part of the ADF and Australian team; although jealous, my friends are very happy for me and know how much this opportunity will assist in my road to recovery," he said.

The challenge of this trip is something that Daniel said he is looking forward to.

"I will be out of my comfort zone, in a country I’ve never been to and surrounded my hundreds of new people, but I know growth comes from such experiences," he said.

"For me the most challenging aspect will be the physical element, I am no natural athlete but I am training hard and will do my best."

While these Games are new to Daniel, he said he has previously competed in the Canadian Soldier On/Paralympic Committee Winter Sports Camp 2014, in Whistler.

"There I learnt a series of snow sports, all of which were completely new and challenging for me," he said.

"It was this program that highlighted to me the benefit of sport in rehabilitation."

Daniel will be among 36 Defence and RSL athletes competing in the inaugural event, an initiative of His Royal Highness Prince Harry.

Over 400 competitors from 14 nations will take part in the Invictus Games from September 10 to 14. Teams will come from the armed forces of nations that have served alongside each other. The Games will use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country.