Former RAF Regiment Gunner Stuart Robinson prepares to do battle for his country again – this time on the rugby pitch as part of a strong Great Britain squad competing in the Wheelchair Rugby World Cup in Australia. In this guest blog Stuart tells us about the squad's preparations.
I have just arrived in Australia for my first Wheelchair Rugby World Championships. As Great Britain, we are quietly confident we can come out here and perform at the highest level. We've trained hard and it's been tough, but we're hoping all the time and effort will put us in good stead for the tournament.
There is a lot of expectation on the squad, not just from back home but we put a lot of that on ourselves. We know we have a great squad and have the ability to come out here and perform really well. GB have competed before at this level but this is now the strongest squad we've had and some of the best preparations we could've asked for.
Training has been tough, we've trained for 12 months for this and there have been plenty of ups and downs and a lot of mental and physical tests but we are in the best shape we could wish for.
I'm looking forward to testing myself against some of the best players in the world. This competition also marks another milestone in me redefining myself since leaving the RAF through injury. This is now the most high-profile opportunity I have had to represent my country once again and one in which I'll take immense pride from.
I've been in and around the squad for a while now, but this will be my biggest event to date. I'm looking forward to it and obviously being the only military veteran within the squad brings me a sense of pride.
By Stuart Robinson
GB's opening match of the tournament takes place on 5 August, against Poland at 7pm (local time). To follow the team's fortunes, check out their Twitter feed @GBWRNews