Brigid Baker enlisted in 2002 as a General Army Reserve Combat Med-Assist. She went full-time in 2005 and was commissioned into the Australian Intelligence Corps in 2006. Brigid participated in many national and international exercises and deployed to Afghanistan several times before being medically discharged with PTSD in 2017.
Brigid is still going through the injury recognition process; she also suffers from severe anxiety, major depressive disorder, hearing loss, degenerative disc disorder and a number of other physical disabilities.
At the Games in Sydney, she took part in powerlifting, shot put and discus. Following the Games, Brigid continued with throwing and joined the local Masters Athletics Club, competing in state and national competitions. In 2019, she won the Australian 30-39 year old women's shot put. She has taken up indoor rowing, swimming and wheelchair rugby league and is part of the first Australian Capital Territory Wheelchair Rugby League programme.
Having these opportunities has reinvigorated her. "I have had great difficulty since being discharged and finding a place to belong again. This experience has given me the courage to get out there again and find enjoyment in things once more."