ADF Service: I joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2007 and medically discharged in 2015. I was a medic. I served at HMAS Albatross looking after naval aviation and parachute training troops. I also served at a military ward in Sydney hospital and served on HMAS Manoora where I participated in peace keeping missions throughout South East Asia. I had a short stint working on Operation Resolute. I finished my service with Joint Health Command at RAAF Edinburgh, working with the medical team across all areas of the ADF.
Home town: Adelaide, South Australia
Current town: Adelaide, South Australia
Competing in: Cycling, wheelchair basketball, powerlifting, indoor rowing and sitting volleyball
What is the nature of your injury or illness?
I have many physical injuries with two significant injuries in my right shoulder and left foot/ankle which have permanently impaired my ability to participate in able-bodied sports. I suffer post-traumatic stress.
What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?
Before I found adaptive sports I was depressed and pushed my body beyond its limits to remain active. I isolated myself from other people and the veteran community and lived a very numb life. Using adaptive sports has allowed me to understand my limitations, set new goals through sport, achieve success through competition and integrate within the community. Integration through sport has been a significant factor in my ability to manage my psychological conditions. It has allowed me to develop a support network of like-minded people.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Competing in both the Invictus Games and Warrior Games in 2018 were highlights of my new sporting ability. I have recently completed my undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Education (specialising in physical education and health education) and a Bachelor of Health Sciences.
Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?
I gained a lot from competing at Invictus Games Sydney 2018. However, I felt it was still a stepping stone in my recovery as I was very new to adaptive sports and integrating within the veteran community. The reason I applied for Invictus Games The Hague 2020 selection was to be better prepared and continue my journey of recovery, reintegration and rehabilitation through sport, while also assisting and helping the new competitors to prepare to their best ability for what the event brings.
What will “winning” look like for you at these games?
Winning is success in my sporting activities through participation, developing friendships with like-minded people from across the world, as well as developing a greater Invictus Games family for support when needed.
The person I most admire is...
The people in South Australia making it possible for veterans to use sport for rehabilitation. There are many people behind the scenes on the Invictus Pathways Program who give their time, knowledge and passion to ensure veterans are supported. They are why I am still here today.