Australia’s latest Invictus Games medalist fought back tears as he paid tribute to his late father and sister in The Hague.
Gabriel Ramón won silver in the men’s IF4 shot put on day three of the Invictus Games, a tournament designed to engender greater understanding and respect for wounded, injured and ill men and women.
“I’m still a little bit high, honestly I wasn’t expecting to get a medal. I was just hoping to go out there and have a good pitch and do the best I could,” Ramon told ABC Sport.
“It’s a little emotional, but I’m trying to keep it up.”
Ramon, who hails from Newcastle but resides in the Queensland town of Yeppoon, fought back tears as he dedicated his win to his sister and father, who both died in 2020.
“I lost my sister in 2020 and my father in 2020,” he said.
“It was quite difficult. I also wanted to do it for myself. So it was a very, very difficult year.”
“So… I got here.”
The 39-year-old competes in indoor track, powerlifting and rowing events as he tore a ligament in his right knee during field training in 2017.
Ramón also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
“It’s just the beginning. We’re day to day right now. I just got through this. I just dropped by yesterday for fun, and we’ll get through today,” he said.
“I hope to see this again in a year or two. I hope there is more in the tank to give.”
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