ADF Service: I joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as a Signals Operator – Linguist in 2001 and completed postings in Canberra and Adelaide.
In 2006, I became an Airborne Electronics Analyst (AEA), working as aircrew on the P3-C Orion maritime patrol aircraft in a research and development squadron. I was lucky to work out of several Pacific and Indian Ocean locations as well as bases throughout Australia until my medical discharge in 2012.
Hometown: Redcliffe, Queensland
Current town: Gold Coast, Queensland
Competing in: Archery
What is the Nature of your injury or illness?
I was medically discharged following injuries and surgeries on my knees and right wrist. My most recent surgery was on my wrist in May 2017.
What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?
Joining an archery club one year after my medical discharge provided me with a fresh opportunity to re-engage in life outside work or study and be part of a social community. I have been grateful to find a sport which is suitable to my physical capacity and in which I can see improvement and a return for my efforts.
Having goals to improve my scores and preparing for competitions provides a sense of purpose and I love that archery itself can often be a very meditative sport, with a focus on mind and body. From a physical point of view, the walking helps my knees. I have enjoyed coaching newer archers as a qualified Instructor for the past three years.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Completing a four-year university degree in Occupational Therapy, after being medically discharged, and achieving Class I Honours.
Why did you apply for the Invictus Games 2018?
For the opportunity to represent my country, to re-engage with the Defence community and (I hope) to help other competitors increase their participation and quality of life with my new skills as an Occupational Therapist.
I also believe that re-engaging with the Defence community will assist with my own sense of closure and acceptance of my medical discharge and new life and career outside the ADF.
What will “winning” look like for you at these Games?
Winning at the Invictus Games represents a reward for effort and a celebration of resilience.
The person I most admire is…
Anyone, no matter their circumstance, who picks themselves up after being knocked down in life and keeps pushing to fulfil their full potential. Sometimes it seems easier to just give up, but to keep pushing is to show true resilience and courage.