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Garry Robinson

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 1994 and medically discharged in 2016 as a Special Forces Sniper Team Commander.

Throughout my service I was a member of 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) and 2nd Commando Regiment (2CDO).

I completed multiple deployments to East Timor and Afghanistan.

Age: 45

Hometown: Camden Park, New South Wales

Current town: Camden Park, New South Wales

Competing in: Archery, cycling and swimming

Garry Robinson

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

I was in a Blackhawk Helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan in 2010. I sustained a severe traumatic brain injury and fractured multiple bones including my lower spine, sacrum, eight ribs, both shoulder blades and my left leg, which was later amputated below the knee.

I had a lot of internal bleeding and had to have my spleen removed. I also had a punctured lung. I was in an induced coma for four weeks while my body healed and I spent two years in hospital rehabilitating from the brain injury.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has been a big part of my rehabilitation, especially since competing in the first Invictus Games. I came home from that wanting to compete more. It gave me something to focus on.

My abilities have changed over the years and, through sport, I have found ways to adapt so that I can stay involved and active.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

I feel honoured to have spent 21 years in the Army which provided me with the means to support my wife and three children. The Army has given me many opportunities in life and long-lasting friendships.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?

Sport plays a major role in my recovery. I really want to show my family and friends - and the medical staff who I have met throughout my recovery - just what I can do now.

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

Seeing my family, friends and supporters in the stands, watching me compete. I know I have come so far and have trained hard so, regardless of the results, I already feel like I have won.

The person I most admire is…

My mate PTE Ben Chuck who, along with three others, was killed in the accident. He was in my team and everyone admired him as a great person and a great soldier.

I think the world of my son, Joshua, who has seen the worst that can come out of the Army - death and the severely wounded - and has still chosen an Army career.

I admire many of my fellow competitors, especially Peter Rudland, who has been on the Invictus Games journey with me. After being wounded, he couldn’t even ride a two-wheeled bike but now competitively rides a recumbent trike.

Lastly, I admire my wife Katrina and children Rebekah, Carly and Joshua, for the unconditional support they have given me since my accident. It has not been easy for them. They are the only ones that really understand everything I have been through.