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Able Seaman Matthew Brown

ADF Service: I joined the Royal Australian Navy in February 2013 as a chef. I have deployed to the Persian Gulf, North Asia and Fiji as well as serving in Operation Resolute. A career highlight was being on the first nine-month Middle East deployment in 20 years.

Age: 33

Home town: Yeppoon, Queensland

Current town: Rockingham, Western Australia

Competing in: Archery, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby

Able Seaman Matthew Brown

What is the nature of your injury or illness?

I have a below-knee amputation which was the result of being hit by a car. I also have depression.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has given me something to look forward to.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Going to the Warrior Games in 2019 and winning the bronze medal for wheelchair rugby.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

I applied for Invictus Games The Hague 2020 to be able to play competitive sport against people in similar situations. I want to show people even though they may not be able to compete as they used to, they can still have fun and find an outlet in adaptive sports.

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

For me it’s not about winning - it’s about the experience.

The person I most admire is...

There’s no one person I admire the most.