ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 1996 as an Infantryman. I loved the training, discipline and routine. I discharged in 2002 and know my military training provided me with many skills for the rest of my life.
Home town: Hobart, Tasmania
Current town: Hellyer, Tasmania
Competing in: Athletics, wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby and sitting volleyball
What is the nature of your injury or illness?
I am a below-knee amputee. After injuring my left ankle and many years of discomfort and a series of failed surgeries, removing my lower left leg was the best step forward. I feel very lucky to have had received this treatment. It allows me to get on with my life and look forward to what the future will bring.
What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?
Sport has played a massive role, especially for my mental health. It’s an outlet to feel fresh and alive. I enjoy the competition and being a part of a team. Not using my injury as an excuse has been important and sport has been the catalyst for this. Being determined to still play sport has ensured my overall health is strong. Sport allows me to stay connected and happy.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
My five sensational kids: Georgia, Mason, Amber, Boston and Billie.
Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?
The reason for having my lower leg amputated was so I can get on with life and do as much as I could. Being a part of the Invictus Games was something I never thought possible for me. Applying for the Games was out of my comfort zone but I just wanted to show my kids that no matter what challenges lay ahead, you can tackle it with your best effort and with no excuses.
What will “winning” look like for you at these games?
Completing the Games. Knowing that, as a team and as an individual, I have put in my absolute best. This will allow me to leave feeling pretty happy.
The person I most admire is...
My friends and family - they’re positive, enthusiastic and determined. These people make everyone around them shine. They don’t give up and they laugh in the face of adversity. They love life and they inspire me to be my best.