Meet Able Seaman Braedon Griffiths - 2018 Team Australia Invictus Games athlete competing in wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and sitting volleyball.
Braedon speaks about how sport has empowered him and has played a critical role in his rehabilitation:
“Sport gives me something to look forward to. For the first year of my rehab, I wasn’t allowed to do much, so I came home to an empty house, worked and went back home. That’s basically all I did. It was a pretty dark time for me. I developed some bad habits, struggling with depression and anxiety.
Sport has given me the opportunity to get out of the house and get fit. I feel like I am coming out of that dark place and starting a new chapter in my life.”
"When I started wheelchair rugby, it was a good release to get in a chair, smash around the court and get rough again. I hadn't been able to play contact sports since my accident. Basketball gave me a chance to be a bit more tactical and show a bit more skill and finesse in a wheelchair. Volleyball offered a great opportunity to come together as a team to work together to achieve a common goal.”
Braedon – who is the youngest competitor in the Australian Team, says after the games, he will continue on with his sport.
“I’ve fallen in love with wheelchair rugby”.
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