Previously known as Veteran Sport Australia

BIO: Steven Richards

Steven will participate at the Allied Winter Sports Camp in Canada in 2023

Steven Richards Head Shot

Sport has helped me maintain a level of competitiveness and that desire to win against all odds. 

steven richards, veteran

ADF Service:

I joined the Army in 2005 as a Fitter Armament. Originally posted to 2nd/14th Lighthorse in 2008, I transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as a Ground Mechanical Engineer Fitter (GMEFITT) in 2010, and deployed on Operation Slipper in 2013. I was a driver to Air Commander Australia (ACAUST) in 2014, and was medically Discharged in October 2022. 

Age: 39

Hometown: Christchurch NZ 

Current Town: Maitland NSW 

What is the Nature of your injury or illness?

Mainly my back – it’s pretty much stuffed from top to bottom.  I didn’t have a single incident that brought it on, rather it’s accumulated wear and tear from my trade and soldiering. 

Sport background:

I played rugby as a teen and have been heavily into archery since I was 12.  I love hunting and spearfishing as well. 

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?

Sport has helped me maintain a level of competitiveness and that desire to win against all odds. 

Why did you apply for the Adaptive Sport Program?

For the chance to try something new and make new friends 

What will “success” look like for you at the Allied Winter Sports Camp?

Being able to have a crack at everything and just enjoy myself 

What is your greatest achievement to date? 

As cheesy as it sounds, being a dad to my two daughters. 

What is your ultimate goal?

To be the best Dad and Husband I can.

What does Unconquered mean to you?  

As a student of stoicism “Unconquered” means to master my own mind.  Our perception is our reality, so never give up the fight to be positive. 

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