Dear Fellow Members,
Now that the Invictus Games 2018 have wrapped up, I would like to take the time to express my sincere gratitude to my fellow members of RPAYC for their generous sponsorship and ongoing support to our veteran community.
This sporting event was a massive undertaking for all those involved – IG management, sponsors, family, spectators and the competitors. From a competitor’s prospective, we had weekly training requirements and monthly camps – for the best part of a year I felt like a semi- professional athlete and apart of something bigger than just myself. From the games, I feel a massive positive “ripple effect” in regards to the public’s awareness focusing on veteran’s health and well being.
The training and competition journey has challenged me physically as well as mentally. My goal was to join the Australian team to help lift me from the mental adversities I have been struggling with. As my wife can attest, there were many a day I didn’t feel I would make it to the opening ceremony, nor compete.
It was such an honor to share the podium with my good mate Craig McGrath for second place in the Jaguar Land Rover driving challenge. It was equally rewarding to dust-off the speedos (after a 20 year hiatus since my school days) to competitively swim again.
Now three months on, I am physically training more than I did in my Invictus Games journey. I remain in contact with a number of my teammates, and a few of us are continuing our work together towards a sailing campaign to compete in New Zealand in March. I am also in the process of drafting my expression of interest for the 2019 Warrior Games and the 2020 Invictus Games.
My return to sport has been massively supported by my wife and daughter, as well as by the generosity of sponsors such as RPAYC and Soldier On. I thank the club for this and I would like you to know that the ongoing support by members is appreciated.
Sport is helping fine-tune my mental focus and commitment to my health. I have lost weight, I am feeling fitter in my daily family routines and I am connecting with people. Most importantly I am finding it is giving me time out to clear my mental landscape and to decompress.