Dean will be part of a 72 strong Australian Team and he will compete in swimming.
The Currumbin RSL Training Grant of $1,745 will help Dean offset the costs of training as well as enable him to purchase specialised equipment required to compete at this world level.
Mr Knobel joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2007 as a Marine Technician and was medically discharged in 2013 and he now calls the Gold Coast home.
The local Currumbin Sub Branch Member says training for the Invictus Games has provided an additional avenue for rehabilitation and a way to challenge himself.
Mr Knobel says, “I also saw it as an opportunity to meet new people, train and compete with others who have been through similar injuries. Making it into the Australian Invictus Games 2018 team is a massive achievement for me. This is by far the most significant achievement I have ever accomplished because I never expected to compete in sport again.”
Currumbin RSL Chairman Mr Ron Workman OAM said, “It is an honour for our Club to support one of our local veterans compete at the prestigious Invictus Games. The Invictus Games isn’t just about winning medals, it is about providing young veterans with pathways to rehabilitation, providing inspiration and reclaiming their future.”
“Because of the bravery of our service men and women most of us will never know the horrors of modern war and combat. Athletes like Dean are what the Invictus Games is all about, they are determined and unwavering,” Mr Workman added.
A cheque will be presented to Mr Knobel at the Currumbin Veterans Support Centre on Monday 25 June 2018 at 12:30pm.
For further information media information contact Gordon Watson 5534 7999.
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