ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 1986 as a Driver, served in Timor Leste as a Sergeant in 1999 and was discharged as Warrant Officer Class 2 in 2003.
Hometown: Bendigo, Victoria
Current town: Townsville, Queensland
Competing in: Wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby
What is the Nature of your injury or illness?
I was medically discharged following a knee injury from a training accident. Following a motorcycle accident after discharge I became a paraplegic and incurred vision loss. I also have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?
IT has been the catalyst to revisit the camaraderie and competitive nature of sport, allowing for aggression, skill, teamwork and overall enjoyment. Sport helps me stop thinking that I am a person with a disability. Health and fitness are major benefits.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Serving my nation in the Army and serving my community as a Police Officer. My biggest achievement was surviving and thriving after a motorcycle accident.
Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?
I was a member of the Invictus Games 2017 team and had a most rewarding and fulfilling experience. I felt that I had unfinished business and wanted to compete again to better the results from last year and to experience the thrill of all that the Invictus Games are about.
What will “winning” look like for you at these Games?
More of the same from last year. I saw others grow and prosper - even those who did not make the team. It is a unique opportunity and I want to be the best I can be.
The person I most admire is…
My father, a hard working farmer who never had anything unless he went out and got it or made it for himself. He provided all he could for our family.
He would help others all the time, showing me the balance between hard work and having great friendships that last forever. Dad was a great teacher and he always let us learn at our own pace. Dad passed away a couple of years ago and I feel that I missed so much of him by being in the Army for so long - but I know he was proud of what I achieved.