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Matt Model

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army as a Rifleman in 2004 and deployed overseas on peace keeping operations in 2006 and 2007. I was injured in Timor-Leste in 2007 and medically discharged in 2008.

Age: 35

Home town: Coffs Harbour, New South Wales

Current town: Port Macquarie, New South Wales

Competing in: Athletics, powerlifting and indoor rowing

Matt Model

What is the nature of your injury or illness?

I sustained a lumbar/spinal injury after a significant fall. This occurred at night during operations to catch a former rebel leader.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has always been a part of my life. Despite my injury I have been lucky enough to adapt to the challenges involved in continuing an active lifestyle. Sport has aided in my recovery both physically and mentally, giving me the confidence to participate and achieve personal sporting goals.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Apart from successfully raising twin 13-year-old boys, it is being selected in the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Australian team and being named captain of the indoor rowing squad. Competing on an international stage on home turf and winning two silver medals and one gold. Also, training and competing in three 42km marathons - including the iconic Gold Coast marathon and the Beach to Brother cross country marathon. These events seemed almost impossible, considering my injury and physical capacity. Against a lot of odds and advice I managed to both compete and complete.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

After competing at Invictus Games Sydney 2018 I could not wait for the opportunity to train and be a part of the selection process once more. To be a part of this great event is truly humbling and an experience like no other. Being able to once more represent my country and the wider veteran community is an honour.

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

“Winning” for me will be no easy task with so much talent and strong competition in the Invictus Games community. If I can turn up well prepared and be competitive, I have already won and achieved so very much.

The person I most admire is...

My family - for the continued support I have received throughout my rehabilitation and during my Invictus Games journey.