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Mark Armstrong

ADF Service: I was in the Australian Army, in the Royal Australian Infantry Corps (RAINF) 1987-1989, and the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC) 1989-1999. I deployed to Rwanda in 1994 and 1995 and was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation.

Age: 49

Home town: Brisbane, Queensland

Current town: Brisbane, Queensland

Competing in: Wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and sitting volleyball

Mark Armstrong

What is the nature of your injury or illness?

I have many muscular skeletal (physical) injuries, an acquired brain injury, Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), mefloquine toxicity (permanent adverse reaction to an anti-malaria drug) as well as visual and psychological injuries.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

I have always been very sports-orientated. Now I use sport as a reason to get out of bed in the morning. I find being active helps with my concentration and my mental health. I enjoy the opportunity to help others through sport such as training with disabled children every week at Sporting Wheelies.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Being a father to two children and watching them both grow to be well-rounded individuals who are academic, sports and community minded. Military-wise there is too much to cover.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

As a volunteer with Team Rubicon Australia Invictus Games Sydney 2018 I witnessed the camaraderie within the competing teams and felt inspired to be a part of that in 2020.

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

Qualifying for the team is already a win for me. Being able to compete against other veterans on an international stage, with my family there to support and cheer me on, regardless of the result is a huge achievement.

The person I most admire is...

My wife, Susie, she has stood by me. She has witnessed the dramatic deterioration since my deployment all the while working full time and helping to raise our two children.