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Braedon Griffiths

ADF Service: I joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2015 achieving the rank of Able Seaman and trained as a Marine Technician. I was medically discharged at the end of 2018.

Age: 23

Home town: Brisbane, Queensland

Current town: Brisbane, Queensland

Competing in: Wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and sitting volleyball

Braedon Griffiths

What is the nature of your injury or illness?

I have an above-knee, right leg amputation which has caused foot, hip and lower back issues. There is also the associated mental health impact caused by these injuries.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport gives me something I look forward to and something to enjoy. Wheelchair rugby is particularly enjoyable – there’s just something about that clash of metal on metal - I love it!

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Having the courage to turn my life around. Dying gives you a second chance – you don’t want to waste it.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

Invictus Games Sydney 2018 was an eye-opener and I enjoyed the experience. I thought “why not do it again?” I definitely have the drive to put in the work.

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

The opportunity to defend the gold medal we won at Invictus Games Sydney 2018 would be great.

The person I most admire is...

I don’t really have any role models. I am starting to see the man I want to be, and that’s a good feeling. That’s what the Invictus Games is about - thriving on those good feelings.