Case study

Rodney ‘Rocket’ Cottam
Army Veteran,
ZERO600 Ambassador

Rodney Cottam

overview

Rodney ‘Rocket’ Cottam is a former serving veteran who served in the third battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, Australian Army, for more than four years.

He has been involved in the ZERO600 fundraiser since 2023, and is passionate about supporting veterans and their families through sport and connection.

Rodney Rocket 2022 Run Fundraising

challenge

His life drastically changed in 2004 when he was involved in a serious motor vehicle crash while driving to his barracks in Sydney. The crash left him with a permanently paralysed left arm.

“In the blink of an eye, I went from being an elite soldier, in the best physical shape possible, to completely losing all movement and feeling in my left arm, from shoulder to fingertips,” Rodney said. 

SPORT

Refusing to allow the injury to define him, ‘Rocket’ used running as his tonic. 

It took time for him to rediscover his rhythm and balance due to having no strength or support in his shoulder joint, but 20 years on from his accident Rodney now runs up to 100km per week. 

In 2022, Rodney ran an epic 350km in five days, starting at the NSW Southern Highlands and finishing at Mt Kosciuszko. He raised more than $35,000 for Invictus Australia. This was not enough for Rodney, in 2023, he ran from the Coffs Harbour to the ANZAC Memorial in Sydney, bringing his fundraising total up to almost $100,000 for Invictus Australia.

ZERO600

In 2023, Rodney signed up for the ZERO600 fundraiser to encourage others to push themselves beyond their perceived boundaries while giving back to an organisation supporting veterans and families at the same time.

Apart from the funds raised, Rodney attributes alot to this challenge, which reminded him “of the resilience and strength [he] gained from the military and high level sporting experiences.”

He is now the Veteran ambassador for ZERO600, encouraging others to take up the challenge each year, in June, and rise beside Australia’s military heroes.

Rodney Cottam ZERO600

When we believe in ourselves, we are capable of so much more than we think. We can push ourselves, physically and mentally, way past any perceived threshold. And this journey—this commitment to ourselves—is an incredibly special and rewarding one.”

RODNEY ‘ROCKET’ COTTAM

ARMY VETERAN & ZERO600 ambassador


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