ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in April 2011 as a Parachute Rigger and was posted to 176 Air Dispatch at RAAF Base Richmond. I was also posted to the Defence National Distribution and Storage Centre before being medically discharged in October 2014.
Home town: Melbourne, Victoria
Current town: Prenzlau, Queensland
Competing in: Athletics, powerlifting, indoor rowing and swimming
What is the nature of your injury or illness?
In 2012 I had a parachute incident where I sustained a back injury.
What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?
Exercising and going to the gym have helped both physically and mentally. For many years after the incident I had a fear of ‘if I exercise it will cause more pain’. However, with the support of my exercise physiologist, I’ve been able to break down some barriers. This has helped decrease pain. Exercise is also a good release if I’m having a mentally tough day.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
I have three kids who will always be my greatest achievement.
Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?
I really enjoy going to the gym however I found I needed something to aim for, something I could work towards and something which would motivate me. Watching Invictus Games Sydney 2018 I knew this was going to be my goal.
What will “winning” look like for you at these games?
Being selected for Team Australia is already a huge win for me. As long as I’ve put 100 per cent in and am spent at the end of my events that’s a win in itself.
The person I most admire is...
My parents. They are a huge influence in my life and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.