Our Melissa makes it to the Invictus games in Canada

June 26, 2017

Melissa Roberts teaching at Cohuna Secondary College. Photo by Luke Hemer.

COHUNA’S Melissa Roberts has made the Invictus Games.

The 29-year-old will compete in swimming and athletics as part of the 2017 event, and said having the opportunity to represent her country would be one of the highlights of her life.

Melissa suffers from a traumatic brain injury and vision impairment with subsequent facial disfigurement following a crippling car accident which left her reinventing herself following years of rehab and surgery. Four years ago the Royal Australian Air Force firefighter swerved to avoid a wallaby while serving on a base near Katherine, NT.

Although she doesn’t remember much after that, what followed was 28 days of coma, a traumatic brain injury, months of rehabilitation and three years of reconstructive face surgery.

She said Invictus started to give her hope where once there was only despair.

The games were launched in 2014 by Prince Harry after seeing a British team competing at the US Warrior Games in Colorado in 2013.

The first Invictus Games were held in September that year, with around 300 competitors from 13 countries which have fought alongside the UK in recent military campaigns participating.

The Prince said he wanted to bring the concept of a similar international sporting event to the UK.

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