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Trent Forbes

ADF Service: I joined the Australian Army in 1997 and discharged in 2016. I deployed to Timor-Leste in 2006-07 and to Afghanistan in 2009 and 2011-12.

Age: 41

Home town: Hobart, Tasmania

Current town: Brisbane, Queensland

Competing in: Archery, wheelchair basketball, cycling, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby and swimming

Trent Forbes

What is the nature of your injury or illness?

I have a variety of physical and mental injuries resulting from multiple operational deployments.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has been critical in keeping me physically active and engaged with the community, while greatly assisting me with my rehabilitation.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Overcoming the challenges related to my injuries. It’s been a very long journey. I am proud to have been able to continue to live life to the fullest and be a role model for my two daughters.

Why did you apply for the Invictus Games?

I wanted to challenge myself and have the opportunity to represent Australia on the international stage. I see the Invictus Games as an opportunity to show my children and myself that, despite my injuries, I am still achieving things in life.

I want to both inspire and support others who may be in a similar position to me and show them that, while an injury or illness is a part of who you are, it does not define you.

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

For me winning was applying for the Games and attending the training camps. This took me outside my comfort zone and challenged me to do something I knew I would struggle with.

The person I most admire is...

I admire and am inspired by everyone who has pushed themselves outside their comfort zone. Every one of them in their own way is unconquered and has a determination to overcome and use the power of sport in their road to recovery.