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My name is Scott Robertson and I’m preparing to compete in the Invictus Games in Düsseldorf, Germany, in September. Invictus is an international multi-sport event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women (both serving and veterans). The word ‘Invictus’ means ‘unconquered’, which is a reminder of what’s possible, post injury. I’ll be competing in indoor rowing, table tennis and sitting volleyball.
I was in the army for 14 years, where I reached the rank of sergeant. I commanded ten soldiers and did two tours of Afghanistan. The second tour was especially challenging. I was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service, but I also developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I pushed on for six years before I was medically discharged. That’s when my life really fell apart. I was in a dark place and couldn’t look after myself very well. In January 2022, I discovered Jesus and began following him. That has been life-changing.
Invictus isn’t about the medals, but sport and competition are good and to be celebrated. I will train hard, give my best and compete for the glory of God. I know that any victories that come my way are from God.
I struggle with meeting new people and going to events, but God enables me to do this. I carry a Bible wherever I go; I pray before training camps and meetings. I listen to worship music. This helps orientate and equip me, and helps me compete. I am able to reflect the character of Jesus and show kindness, gentleness and grace in situations with veterans who can’t hold their tongues. I am able to support others because of what God has given me.
In the army, you’re taught a set of values that are profoundly Christian, and I seek to carry those with me into the games. Integrity, selfless commitment and courage are all significant.
I’ve had opportunities to talk about Jesus with people, including a competitor from Nigeria and another guy who’s interested in hearing more. This is part of who I am, because Jesus has been central to my recovery.
Please pray for my preparation for the Games. Pray that I will do my best, and that God works in and through me.
Scott was speaking to Paul Woolley