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Taryn Barbara

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 2004 straight out of school and was medically discharged in November 2018. During my 14 years of service I participated in a range of humanitarian operations including supporting flood assistance operations in Queensland. In 2010 I took part in an infantry foundation war fighting activity in Papua New Guinea before transferring to become a physical training instructor.

Age: 33

Home town: Rockhampton, Queensland

Current town: Brisbane, Queensland

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

Taryn Barbara

What is the nature of your injury or illness?

I sustained a cumulative back and hip injury during an Army physical training course. I also suffer from neck, knee and mental health issues.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

I was always active before my injury, however I lost a big part of me when I could no longer do all the things I used to be able to. The Invictus Games and adaptive sports have helped me look for different avenues to fulfil the previous outlet sport used to provide me. It has also brought me back into the community outside of the military and fostered some great friendships.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

My two little girls.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

I was fortunate enough to participate in the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. I was completely taken back by the courage and strength of those competing. The camaraderie and bonds formed during the Invictus Games has provided me an outlet to focus on during my transition and rehab.

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

The positive experience you share with like-minded people, all giving it a go despite adversity.

The person I most admire is...

I wouldn’t say I am limited to admiring just one person. Almost every day there is someone I come across who has something to offer me in terms of growth. My admiration comes from numerous people. I continually reflect and adjust my direction and goals as I grow each day.