Qtalk with Jack Rutter
Jack Rutter. From potential Premier league star to Paralympian England & Great Britain CP football captain. His story showed us the importance of resilience & what mental skills it takes to overcome adversity & still reach your potential.
Jack had been on the verge of signing a professional contract with Birmingham City when, in the early hours of 22 March 2009, he fell victim to an unprovoked attack on a night out with friends. Jack was punched in the head and fell to the ground, striking his head on the kerb. That one moment changed his life forever.
“After having to retire from professional football I felt like I had lost my purpose in life”
Jack explained how he had to find a way out of the dark times he was facing and find a new opportunity. At the beginning of 2012 he started to see some light at the end of the tunnel, when a charity Headway, which provides support to people who have suffered brain injuries, helped introduce him to cerebral palsy football. The game is seven-a-side, played on a smaller pitch with no offside rule, and open to those with other neurological disorders such as stroke and traumatic brain injury.
“I had new goals and a reason to get out of bed”
Jack went on to play in 5 major tournaments: the Intercontinental Cup, European Championships, 2 World Championships and the Paralympics Games in Rio where he captained the GB team. Rio, in particular, was incredible and Jack got the opportunity to play against some of the best footballers in the world on the global stage in the second biggest sporting event in the world.
“In 20 minutes your story broke my heart and put it back together again”
Jack’s life experiences show what can be achieved if you look after your health and wellbeing, remain focused, be resilient, believe in yourself and have a positive attitude. He taught us to not be defined by a bad experience and to try to use it as motivation.