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Sergeant Nathan King

ADF Service: I joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1996 and am currently serving in No. 37 Squadron. I have spent the majority of my career supporting the C-130 Hercules aircraft and have twice deployed to the Middle East Region (in 2004 and 2006).

Age: 42

Home town: Penrith, New South Wales

Current town: Penrith, New South Wales

Competing in: Athletics, indoor rowing, swimming and sitting volleyball

Sergeant Nathan King

What is the nature of your injury or illness?

Following complications from a damaged thigh playing soccer, I suffered compartment syndrome in the left thigh resulting in skeletal muscle breakdown. I was confined to the intensive care unit for six weeks. I lost two muscles in my left quad which required extensive operations and skin grafts. I have restricted movement in my left leg.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

To make the Australian Invictus Games team has given me the motivation to continue my rehabilitation, and not just go through the routine, but strive towards a new goal.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

I’m proud of my wife and three great kids. They are tough, resilient and kind.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

I was just out of hospital and in rehab when the Games were in Sydney. It planted the seed. I have represented the Air Force and ADF in soccer and loved the idea of representing Australia again. I also wanted the Games to re-focus my rehab routine. To represent my country at Invictus Games The Hague 2020 will be an opportunity to thank all my caregivers and those who have helped my along my way. This includes my family and friends, Nepean hospital staff, Defence medical staff - including the Intensive Rehabilitation Team, and my workplaces at No. 35 Squadron and No. 37 Squadron - to say that all they have done was worth it.

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

Representing Australia is a win. Hopefully I can inspire someone else as I was inspired. Any medals will be a bonus.

The person I most admire is...

The people I admire are my family. For them to go through what they did during my worst times in hospital and then to support me through my recovery was amazing. They are my reason to push on and all I can do in getting back to a functional state is to say ‘thank you’. I also have admiration for all of the competitors at the Invictus Games selection camp. They are inspirational in what they have overcome.