Invictus Games

Watch: Go behind the scenes with an Invictus Games champion

Watch: Army veteran Richard Potter takes us behind the scenes at the Invictus Games

If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a competitor at the Invictus Games, then wonder no more.

Thanks to British Army veteran and Team UK competitor Richard Potter, you can see some of the action from Düsseldorf like never before.

Watch the video above to see the former Army captain and Team UK sprinter take us behind the scenes on an unforgettable day.

Richard joined the Armed Forces as a reservist before joining the regulars, reaching the rank of captain and working out of Horse Guards in London.

He suffered a life-changing injury from a 50/50 tackle in a football match, with the cartilage in his leg being damaged so badly that he would go on to contract sepsis.

That sent him into sepsis shock, leading to more infection and pain.

In pain, unable to walk, suffering from weight gain and having to constantly be on numerous medications, Richard decided to have his leg amputated.

Richard spoke to Forces News after winning his gold medal on Day 1 of the Invictus Games action and emphasised that "not in his wildest dreams" did he think he would be on a podium for Team UK but he wanted to prove to the people who thought he would not be able to run again wrong.

He said: "For three and a half years I believed them, and I never ever in my wildest imagination, thought I would be standing on a podium with a gold medal representing Team UK."

His wife Ellie and son Theo have joined Richard in Düsseldorf to support him.

"I am only here because of my wife, my wife was told I'd passed away when she was 27, this is for her, the games are for her,  they're for Theo, that's why I'm here", he said.

Forces News spoke to former Army Captain Richard Potter after his Invictus Games gold meal.

Team UK

Fifty-nine competitors were selected to represent Team UK at the Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023.

The team is made up of a mixture of veterans and nine serving personnel from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force. 

The Invictus Games is an international multi-sport event that was launched in 2014 by the Duke of Sussex.

The adaptive event is aimed at wounded, injured or sick Armed Forces personnel and veterans.

It takes its name from the Latin word "Invictus"meaning "unconquered" or "undefeated".

Forces News will be bringing you all the latest news from the Invictus Games throughout the week.

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