Justice Home > Media & news

Department of Justice is now the Department of Communities and Justice.  Find out more >

Prison officer to make a splash at Invictus Games Sydney 2018 

Published date: Wednesday 17 October 2018

[PDF 159kb]

A correctional officer will swap his blue prison uniform for swimming togs when he represents Australia at the Invictus Games in Sydney next week. 

Luke Hill, a Learning and Development Officer at Corrective Services NSW, will compete in four events and said swimming has helped enhance his mental and physical health since retiring from the Australian Defence Force. 

“I’ve had highs and lows after returning from service, so winning for me at the Games will not have to mean gold but an improvement to my overall health,” Mr Hill said.

“Coming from a long line of swimmers, I’m super excited to compete in front of a home crowd.”

After leaving the army, Mr Hill slowly transitioned to civilian life and joined CSNSW.

“I’ve been a correctional officer for 12 years – two of those have been providing training to staff and new recruits at the Brush Farm Academy,” Mr Hill said.

“The support I receive from my wife, colleagues, managers and the Invictus Games experience has assisted me greatly in the management of my illnesses.”

Mr Hill has also been able to use swimming for a good cause. He swam across the English Channel in 2014, raising $50,000 for cancer research after the disease touched his family. 

“It took me just under 11 hours to swim the 41 kilometres in cold and unpredictable conditions but I was glad I could do some good along the way,” Mr Hill said. 

The 40-year-old joined the Australian Defence Force in 1997 and served for six years. He was a member of the 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment and served in Timor Leste in 1999/2000 and again in 2002, undertaking a variety of duties including leading patrols and parachute training. 

There are 72 serving and former-serving ADF members competing at this year’s Games in the Australian Defence Force, and Returned and Services League, combined team. They have all been wounded, injured or become ill during their military service. 

The event from 20-27 October will attract 500 competitors from 18 nations to compete in 11 adaptive sports.

For more information about the Invictus Games, visit invictusgames2018.org/