ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 1996 serving in the Royal Australian Corps of Transport as an Air Dispatcher before transferring to the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps as a Physical Training Instructor in 2003. I have deployed to Timor-Leste twice, in 2001 and in 2009. I am currently posted to Townsville serving in 1st Close Health Battalion.
Home town: Bendigo, Victoria
Current town: Townsville, Queensland
Competing in: Athletics, wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball
What is the nature of your injury or illness?
I have sustained multiple service-related musculoskeletal injuries and been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I experience chronic pain, fatigue and joint instability as a result of my conditions.
What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?
Sport and physical training has always been part of my identity but I progressively withdrew from participating in both as the impact of my conditions took their toll. Through the Australian Defence Force Adaptive Sports Program I have reconnected with sport and training in a way that restores my sense of self.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
My current position enables me to play a role in returning people to work, as well as supporting people in transition from the military following injury or illness. Being entrusted with the responsibility to positively affect people’s lives is immensely rewarding. It’s something I will continue to strive for and achieve throughout my life.
Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?
For the challenge and to explore what I can do, not what I can’t. It also gives me an opportunity to connect with current and ex-service members with common goals in a non-judgmental and understanding environment. We support each other in sharing the experience.
What will “winning” look like for you at these games?
Success for me will be knowing I’ve done my best in competition and contributed to the culture and reputation of a determined Australian team.
The person I most admire is...
My wife has shown tremendous resilience and compassion not only in supporting me through some tough times but also in raising, our son, and an outstanding young man. This has included guiding his understanding of my struggles - for that I am truly grateful.
The opportunities and support my mother gave her four boys growing up is something I will always appreciate and be amazed by how one person achieved so much.
My admiration also goes to people who allow themselves to be vulnerable in the pursuit of personal growth and those who respect the need to remain decent human beings despite adversity or success.