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Mark Daniels

ADF Service: I enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy in 2012 as a Marine Technician. I served on HMA Ships Arunta, Anzac, Ballarat and Stuart. I deployed to North East Asia in 2015 on HMAS Arunta. I medically discharged in January 2020.

Age: 26

Home town: Forest Lake, Queensland

Current town: Wandi, Western Australia

Competing in: Cycling, wheelchair rugby, indoor rowing, swimming, sitting volleyball

Mark Daniels

What is the nature of your injury or illness?

Right leg, above-knee amputation.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has been everything in my rehabilitation. It taught me to adapt my body and mind in both life and work, and to continue living an active lifestyle with no limitations.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Winning a bronze medal in the indoor rowing and a gold medal in wheelchair rugby at Invictus Games Sydney 2018 definitely has to be some of the best moments of my life. There are no words to describe that feeling of a sold-out stadium cheering for their home team.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

During Invictus Games London 2016 I saw people just like me achieving amazing things despite their disabilities. I was instantly hooked. 2018 was my first Invictus Games and it was the best week of my life. I saw things that can never be seen again. I had the chance to prove myself against the best of the best and proving to myself that I was good enough. I achieved that but I reapplied this time because I want more.

These Games are more about giving back to the team for me – I look forward to be able to mentor the new team members through their own journeys and in return help myself find purpose in life after discharging from the ADF.

Being the competitive person I am, it will also give me one more opportunity to wear the green and gold for Australia before I transition from my Invictus Games journey to turn my sights towards the Paralympics.

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

Helping other team members to achieve their potential while knowing that I put in every effort I could to ensure my best performance at the Games.

The person I most admire is...

Kurt Fearnley. Kurt has done so much for how Australians see people with a disability. He has won just about every wheelchair marathon on the planet and gold medals at the Paralympics. He has fought for disability equality and inspired generations of other people who live with disability. Kurt is a great role model for any young person with a disability.