Ben Farinazzo is a tower of strength. A rower and powerlifter, he won gold for Australia in the indoor rowing at the Invictus Games in Sydney, but it’s his inner strength that shines through as he shares his own personal story in a bid to help others.
“It’s absolutely terrific just to be part of the Invictus Games experience,” he said.
“The ability to connect with an extraordinary group of people who are focused on improving the quality of their lives and the lives of others, despite their wounds, injuries and illnesses, is just outstanding … and to be able to share that with the community is just fabulous.
“These games are about reaching out to Australians and calling on them to celebrate what we call the unconquerable spirit of our wounded veterans and their families, as well as recognising the positive healing power of sport.”
The 44-year-old from Canberra deployed to East Timor in 1999 as part of Interfet, a multinational peacekeeping taskforce, mandated by the United Nations to address the humanitarian and security crisis that took place in East Timor from 1999 to 2000, until the arrival of UN peacekeepers.