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Driving home golden efforts

Driving home golden efforts
Sapper Matthew Taxis, of the 5th Engineer Regiment, and former military policeman Sarah Archibald won gold medals in the Invictus Games Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge in the UK on September 9.

The precision driving event was held at the Jaguar Land Rover Design and Engineering Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Teams from 11 nations were challenged in their driving and navigation skills.

The Australian team, with Sapper Taxis as the driver and Sarah Archibald as navigator, successfully negotiated the tarmac stage in a Jaguar F and the off-road course in a Land Rover Discovery.

Sapper Taxis said the prospect of competing at the Invictus Games gave him something to look forward to while recovering from a back during incurred during military training.

"I was stuck in a rut but it is awesome to be involved in this event," he said.

"It has been fantastic to meet the wounded, injured and ill veterans. Some of them have severe injuries, so I am grateful mine are not as severe.

"I definitely hope the Invictus Games continue in the future as it is such a great event."

Sarah Archibald, a veteran of the Iraq war who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, said it was extremely important for her to be involved in the Invictus Games.

"It is an opportunity for me to be involved with other veterans and be a part of the Defence community spirit," she said.

"Matt and I had a good game plan for the driving challenge and his driving was phenomenal. It was a great experience."

During the competition the teams were required to navigate a series of gates in the prescribed order in the fastest, safest time.

Times from each stage were then amalgamated to rank the teams with the four highest scoring teams qualifying for the final.

Australia finished ahead of silver medallists Germany and the Netherlands who took bronze. His Royal Highness Prince Harry awarded the medals.

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6 September 2016

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