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Leading Seaman Chris Reck

ADF Service: I joined the Royal Australian Navy in August 2009 as an Electronic Technician.

Age: 28

Home town: Ipswich, Queensland

Current town: Cairns, Queensland

Competing in: Athletics, cycling, power lifting and indoor rowing

Leading Seaman Chris Reck

What is the nature of your injury or illness?

I have had right ankle, knee and shoulder reconstructive surgeries following injuries during sport, as well as depression and anxiety as a result of a service-related injury.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has always played a massive role in my life. I play with local and representative teams. These experiences have enabled me to access a range of training and recovery plans; which I’ve been able to draw upon.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Being selected for Invictus Games The Hague 2020.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

To have the opportunity to represent the Australian Defence Force and interact with other current and former serving Defence personnel from Australia and around the world; drawing on their experiences and how they have overcome adversities.

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

Being selected to have the opportunity to represent Defence and Australia and to compete to the best of my ability already feels like winning to me.

The person I most admire is...

There isn’t a particular person that I admire more than another. Every day people have to deal with some form of inconvenience or heartache and still achieve their day-to-day goals. It is these people I admire.