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Lieutenant James Saville

ADF Service:I joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2011 as a Maritime Warfare Officer and served on HMAS Sydney, Maryborough and Launceston. My next role was onboard HMAS Gascoyne where I completed a South Pacific aid mission and various diving and mine hunting exercises. Following that I moved to Darwin where I served as the Executive and Boarding Officer of Assail One as part of Operation Resolute.

In 2015 I completed the clearance diver selection test. I then went on to gain an additional qualification as a Mine Warfare Officer and completed all diving phases of the clearance diving course before injuring myself.

Post injury I have worked as an Instructor at HMAS Watson, as a Divisional Officer at HMAS Creswell and am currently the lead Instructor of the Navy Officer Leadership Course at HMAS Creswell.

Age: 36

Home town: Moffat Beach, Queensland

Current town: Jervis Bay, New South Wales

Competing in: Cycling, wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing, swimming and sitting volleyball

Lieutenant James Saville

What is the nature of your injury or illness?

Leg and back injuries which have led to permanent impairment.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has been a massive part of my entire life. I have always been fit and active. So when I suffered my injuries it crushed me not only physically but mentally. Through this program I have learnt I can still participate in sport but with modifications. This has given me great motivation to keep fit and healthy.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

The birth of my two sons.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

Why wouldn't I? What a great opportunity. It has already helped me massively by being surrounded by like- minded individuals who have shown me how to adapt and overcome. It is a fantastic rehabilitation tool.

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

Being picked in the team was winning for me as it is the journey to the Games which gives me the most benefit. The feeling of knowing you have given it your all during training also feels like winning.

The person I most admire is...

Zinzan Brooke the great All Black rugby union footballer is my hero. The other members of the Australian Invictus Games team inspire me. Also Kurt Fearnley is someone I am amazed by.