Francine Dudfield

Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 Competitor

ADF service: I joined the Australian Army as a Medic in 2004. During my career I deployed to the Middle East and the South Pacific. I enjoyed many aspects of my military service including being trained as a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear Medic, participating in the Military Skills Competition and having the opportunity to complete a specialist course with NSW Ambulance.

Current occupation: Following my career in the ADF I have worked as a nurse and a mental health support worker. Currently, I am completing a Master of Clinical Psychology with my primary research interest being the mental health and wellbeing of our current and former military and emergency service personnel and their families.

Age: 37

Home town: Melbourne, Victoria

Current town: Melbourne, Victoria

Competing in: Sitting volleyball, indoor rowing, and powerlifting.

What is the nature of your injury or illness? I have chronic pain from lower back and lower limb issues.

Sport background I have always loved playing sport. Throughout my life I have participated in many sports including AFL, hockey, soccer, boxing, CrossFit, swimming, and running.

What role has sport played in your rehabilitation?  Sport has helped me improve my fitness and self-discipline and build my resilience.

What is your greatest achievement to date? Motherhood, undoubtedly, is and always will be my greatest achievement.

Why did you apply for Invictus Games? I miss playing sport, but I don’t miss the pain and long recovery that usually follows. Invictus Games offered an opportunity to form new social connections, learn new skills and have fun while competing on an international level. Being part of Team Australia will allow me to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of sport.

What will success look like for you at the Games? Leaving the Games with memories I can cherish and inspirational stories I can share with my family and friends.

What does unconquered mean to you? Having a positive growth mindset that encompasses patience, tolerance, understanding and compassion towards myself and others.