It’s not every day you see a dual international rugby union and league player taking on the role of water boy, but that is exactly what happened at the wheelchair rugby at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 presented by Jaguar Land Rover.
English fullback Jason Robinson was courtside – carrying the drinks, up-righting players and mopping the floor – for the United Kingdom team in their hard-fought matching against host nation Australia.
Australia won the match against the UK with a golden try in double overtime in front of one of the most vocal crowds of the tournament.
Robinson, who is an ambassador for Jaguar Land Rover, is an avid supporter of the Invictus Games and has worked closely with the veterans from his national team.
“In rugby we used to talk about going into battle before our matches, but after my experience with the Invictus Games, I don’t feel justified to say that ever again,” he said.
“These men and women have fought for our freedom…they are so inspiring.
”This not just about sport its about recovery; wives are getting their husbands back, husbands are getting their wives back and kids are getting their parents back thanks to the Invictus Games.”
Robinson, who will play in a celebrity demonstration match Thursday night, has been applauded by members of the UK team for his leadership and commitment to those people who serve their country.
UK wheelchair basketballer Richard Pullen said Robinson’s involvement in the team put a much-needed spotlight on the importance of sport in the recovery of veterans.
“We need to get as many people involved in the Invictus Games as possible so they can see what it is all about,” he said.
“People like Jason, who have a high profile bring greater awareness.
“We need to spread the word so any ex-servicemen or women sitting at home in a dark place know there is hope for the future.”
Invictus Games Sydney 2018