From the age of six, Nathan only ever had one goal- to become a fighter pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). After completing Year 12 in 2013, Nathan was accepted into the RAAF as a pilot trainee, commencing his military training and a Bachelor of Technology (Aviation) degree at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).
21 November 2015
While returning from a training exercise, Nathan's world was turned upside down when the bus he was travelling on rolled over on a quiet country road.
After being trapped in the bus for an extended period of time, Nathan was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition. The accident left him with significant injuries, including the amputation of his left hand.
Since waking up after the first surgery, Nathan was determined not to let his injuries rule his life. His approach has always been to make consistent small choices, one at a time.
This approach has enabled Nathan to not only recover from his injuries, but also to continue to chase his dreams - including returning to the air, representing Australia in sport, and sharing his story through motivational speaking.
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As a result of his accomplishments and passion to give back, Nathan received the 2021 NSW Young Australian of the Year award.
He hopes to use this award to continue to share his message of resilience, and assist, encourage and inspire people everywhere to transform their toughest times into their greatest opportunities.
Nathan was fitted with a myoelectric prosthetic, the i-Limb Quantum ™ , in early 2016 - essentially providing him with another left hand.
Nathan controls his hand by flexing muscles in his residual limb, which are detected by electrodes in the arm and translated into movement of the hand.
The i-Limb Quantum ™ is capable of multiple different grips, and has not only enabled Nathan to live his llfe, but to also return to the air as a pilot.