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Gabriel Ramon

ADF Service: I joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 2015 as an Airfield Defence Guard. In 2016 I deployed to the Middle East Region. I was awarded a Commanding Officer’s Commendation for my work in the Combat Support Unit. I was medically discharged in September 2019.

Age: 36

Home town: Newcastle, New South Wales

Current town: Yeppoon, Queensland

Competing in: Athletics, powerlifting and indoor rowing

Gabriel Ramon

What is the nature of your injury or illness?

In 2017, during a field training exercise, I ruptured a ligament in my right knee. I have been left with a deteriorating knee injury and have had multiple surgeries. I also suffer from post-traumatic stress.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has always been a focus for me. In my down time sport and outdoors were embedded in my lifestyle. It has given me an opportunity to compete again and given me the platform to re-apply myself to a competitive sport, which has helped me stay motivated and goal orientated.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Being invited and selected to participate in Invictus Games The Hague 2020 has been an achievement in itself.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

To both challenge and put myself on a positive path.

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

Being a part of the Games has been my goal, so anything after that is winning.

The person I most admire is...

My sister Tracie who is battling a rare form of cancer. She is the bravest woman I know. I not only admire her bravery but also her mindset in these challenging times and willingness to never give up on life. She has been a huge inspiration to me. I have learnt so much from her.