War veteran Garry Robinson's indomitable spirit helped him to survive a Black Hawk helicopter crash in 2010 and go on to become a national sports star.
Now the former Special Forces sniper commander from Camden Park is featured in a book Unconquered: Our Wounded which shares the raw and personal stories of veterans from the Sydney Invictus Games.
The commemorative 228-page hardback publication tells the remarkable true stories of wounded servicemen and women from Australia and New Zealand who have conquered extraordinary challenges from the battlefield to the sports arena.
The featured narratives highlight the power of the individual to overcome fear, wounds both mental and physical, and lifelong disability, while also inspiring those who have never served to cope with their own challenges.
Mr Robinson who lost his leg after a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan and spent three and a half years in military and rehabilitation hospitals, is among 23 Australian Defence Force team members interviewed for Unconquered.
Each shares a deeply personal account of the trauma of armed conflict, and reveals how the power of sport helped them overcome the mental and physical wounds inflicted by their service.
Mr Robinson, nicknamed Mr Invictus, because he has competed at every Invictus Games - London, Orlando, Toronto and Sydney - attributes the success of his recovery to his family and the Invictus Games.
He tells Unconquered's authors: "I admire my wife Katrina and children Rebekah, Carly and Joshua, for the unconditional support they have given me since my accident. It has not been easy for them. If I hadn't had their support behind me, I probably wouldn't be here today."
Mr Robinson reveals how the first Invictus Games had him hooked.
"When I arrived in London and was surrounded by all the other athletes from all the other nations, it felt like I was in the Army again. I was back at work. I started to come out of my shell a bit and focus on the job at hand," he said.
"There were doctors, nurses and surgeons who told me I'd never be able to compete but I proved them wrong."
Unconquered: Our Wounded will be available from all bookstores and e-retailers nationally after its release on April 24. Recommended retail price will be $69.99.
All local bookstores will have access to the book and if it's not in physical stock it can be ordered in.