Vanessa joined the Australian Army in 2005, transferring to Royal Australian Navy in 2009 before transitioning to the Navy Reserves in 2019 and eventually medically discharging in 2022. During her recovery, Vanessa was fortunate enough to be selected in Team Australia for both the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 and Invictus Games The Hague 2020. The journey to these games was a life changing experience for Vanessa, experiencing firsthand the healing power of sport. Vanessa is truly passionate about ensuring these life altering opportunities are available to all veterans and their families – not just those selected for the games. At home, Vaneesa is part of a very active family, enjoying sport of all kinds with husband Craig and children, Zachary 11, Avyanna 9 and Hamish 8.