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Damien Irish

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 1997 and discharged in 2009. I achieved the rank of Corporal and was a driver in the Royal Australian Corps of Transport. I was deployed to Timor-Leste in 2001.

Age: 44

Home town: Sydney, New South Wales

Current town: Townsville, Queensland

Competing in: Athletics, powerlifting, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby, swimming, and sitting volleyball

Damien Irish

What is the nature of your injury or illness?

I suffer from post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has given me drive again. Now I’m competing in masters events around Australia in shotput and discus. I have also started competing in hammer throw and weighted throw.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Making the Australian Invictus Games Sydney 2018 team and winning gold in discus. Representing Australia at The Hague will also be an achievement.

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

Winning would be great but it’s not all about that. It’s about getting out there and having a go and sharing the sporting stage with some amazing people.

The person I most admire is...

I can’t narrow it down to just one person. I’d have to say all the people who I have served with and all my friends who have helped me along the way, stuck by me though all the tough times, and helped me train to get where I am today. Most of all it would be my family, and my wife and kids for standing by me and putting up with me during the dark times.