Blue Mountains News

Blue Mountains Veteran Competing this Sunday in Invictus Games

Source: Susan Templeman MP, Member For Macquarie
Archived 19 Dec 2018 - Posted: 20 Oct 2018
Seven years after being seriously wounded in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, Blue Mountains Army veteran, Craig McGrath will compete in the 2019 Invictus Games Sailing event on Sydney Harbour, this Sunday 21 October.

Mr McGrath spent nearly 20 years in the Army, in Special Operations Command, before being medically discharged following serious injuries sustained during his 2nd tour of Afghanistan.

Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman met with Mr McGrath, who said his family, friends and the local community had played a significant role in helping him with his ongoing recovery and pursuing new interests, after his career came to an abrupt end.

Sailing became Mr McGrath’s new focus after he was injured, leading to him competing in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in 2014. Almost five years on, he is representing Australia on the international stage. 

“It was an honour and pleasure to meet Craig and hear about his journey having been injured in the line of duty, losing the career he loved, and now finding new focus and interests beyond the military.

“Veterans transitioning into civilian society face many challenges and it is vital that Government and the community at large recognise the sacrifices they and their families have made in the service of our country.

“Craig pointed out that people often think of our veterans as predominantly older men, when in fact many are men and women in their early twenties, some who have completed several tours of war zones.

“They can face great difficulties emotionally and physically after being medically discharged – especially if they have no Plan B because they thought the military was going to be their life long career,” she said.

“Craig hopes the Invictus Games will provide the community with a different perspective of what a veteran is.

“The Invictus Games is an international event being held in our backyard and is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to show our support and broaden our understanding of the veteran community.

“I encourage everyone to get behind Craig and the Australian team. The sailing is a free event on the harbour, so a fantastic day out for the whole family.”

This article archived 19 Dec 2018

 
Lyttleton Stores Lyttleton Stores Lyttleton Stores Lyttleton Stores

Recent News

Temporary Closure - Empress Canyon and Surrounding Walking Tracks - Thursday 21st March 2019
Temporary Closure - Empress Canyon and Surrounding Walking Tracks - Thursday 21st March 2019
Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains National Park

Weather depen...
A Colonial Wedding 1788-1880
A Colonial Wedding 1788-1880
Join the Friends of Penrith Regional Gallery for A Colonial Wedding 1788-1880...
Evie Finds Her Voice with
Evie Finds Her Voice with "Songs Of My Heart"
Multi-lingual world music singer, composer & lyricist, Evelyne Weltlinger,...
Harmony Day 2019
Harmony Day 2019
Harmony Day Storytime at Lithgow Library
National Close the Gap Day is March 21
National Close the Gap Day is March 21
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people still face unequal health outcomes....

What's New

NOTE - temporary change of hours
NOTE - temporary change of hours
Little Wombat Gallery and Roslyn Elms Images
THE SYDNEY CONSORT
THE SYDNEY CONSORT
Blue Mountains Concert Society
Complimentary Dinner?
Complimentary Dinner?
Eagle View Escape
Also in this Section

Have You Visited

Announcement
Exclusive use retreatEnjoy this cosy eco hostel all to yourselves - sleeps 12 people, fully self contained with views. From $435 per night.View Hawkesbury Heights YHA »