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Kerrie Tessier

ADF Service: I joined the Australian full-time Army as a Physiotherapist in 2012 and was medically discharged in 2016. I worked at 2nd Close Health Company Lavarack Barracks and 8 Close Health Company at RAAF Base Edinburgh. In my graduate year, I worked on the way we deploy physiotherapists into operational environments. I was also fortunate enough to work with the ADF hockey and cricket teams.

Age: 29

Home town: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Current town: Adelaide, South Australia

Competing in: Archery, cycling, indoor rowing, swimming and sitting volleyball

Kerrie Tessier

What is the nature of your injury or illness?

I injured the joint between my collarbone and sternum that led to reduced movement of my right arm and nerve issues. As a result I had to give up my career, which was very challenging to come to terms with.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has been a life-changing part of my rehabilitation. I studied medicine, which was hard and without re-discovering sport through the ADF Adaptive Sports Program I would not be able to do what I do every day. Sport gets me out of bed in the morning.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

I started studying medicine two days after my medical discharge from the ADF and recently graduated. I am now interning at my local hospital. Turning a difficult medical discharge and huge amount of loss into an achievement like this blows my mind. I am very proud of the person I have become.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

I applied to the Invictus Games to give myself a goal to work towards and to continue to put myself and my health first and foremost in my mind.

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

For me, getting to the Games is a massive win. Being there shows me I can achieve anything I set out to achieve and I can look after myself as well as others.

The person I most admire is...

Every member of my running family (you guys know who you are). At my local park run in Christies Beach, South Australia, there is the most amazing group of people I know who tackle every adversity with a smile on their face and are always there to support others, no matter what challenges they are facing. These people are my inspiration to always tackle my day with a smile on my face and love in my heart.