Navy medic to participate in Invictus Games

This article has photo gallery Published on LSIS Jason Tuffrey (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Medic Nick Cherry takes a shot a goal against the Sutherland Sharks in a trial match at Shellharbour City Stadium basketball courts, Wollongong. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)
Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Medic Nick Cherry takes a shot a goal against the Sutherland Sharks in a trial match at Shellharbour City Stadium basketball courts, Wollongong.

Petty Officer Medical Nick Cherry became an Advanced Life Support Paramedic with the Navy after joining in 2004. He was part of the military contingent that provided security and ceremonial support to the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. Nick has bilateral osteoarthritis of the knees and has undergone multiple knee surgeries. 
 
“I am involved with the Invictus Games to learn how to play adaptive sports as I can no longer play the sports I used to with my knees,” said Petty Officer Cherry
 
Growing up Nick was an eager sportsman. He was involved in Surf Life Saving and was a competitive swimmer.
 
In the Games Nick will be competing in Swimming, Shotput, Discus and Wheelchair Basketball.
 
“My goal is to be as competitive as I can possibly be. I’m not fussed about winning medals, however that would be nice,” said Petty Officer Cherry.
 
“Being involved in the Invictus Games is a proud moment of my career. It’s a chance to represent my country, family, friends and colleagues”.
 
Nick is no stranger to competing at a national level. In early 2016 he competed in Las Vegas in the USAF Wounded Warrior Trails.  He placed 4th in swimming events and 4th in discus.