David Forrester has had the Commonwealth Games on his mind for four years

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David Forrester will compete for Team Scotland at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow's David Forrester is finally ready to make his Commonwealth Games debut on the second attempt.

The 32-year-old unfortunately missed out on the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, picking up an injury just eight weeks out and having to undergo surgery.

But the disappointment of returning his Team Scotland kit and watching from home launched Forrester into a tunnel-vision mindset for Birmingham 2022.

He said: "It's kind of second time's the charm sort of thing.

"Four years ago, getting selected and then getting injured so close to the Games, I always had this in my mind as a target.

"It was eight weeks before the Commonwealth Games and our selection had been made and I was buzzing to be part of it.

"We had our final prep matches against England at Bisham Abbey and we went down to Bisham and I think it was in the second game against England, I dislocated my right shoulder."

Team Scotland hockey will retrace their steps next week and play England in their Birmingham warm-up matches at Bisham Abbey, and Forrester is praying that history doesn't repeat itself.

He added: "The damage to my shoulder was too great and it basically meant that I needed to get surgery, it wasn't going to be stable enough.

"That was basically the end of my Games at that point. It was gutting at the time because we had already been to the Team Scotland day, we had already got the kit and I had to give aback most of my kit.

"You enter into quite a dark mindset, but I did set myself the goal that you need to play at least another four years because you need to go and play at a Commonwealth Games."

This summer, Team Scotland, supported by funding raised by National Lottery players, will comprise of over 250 athletes, and having secured his place on the squad, Forrester is looking for medal success.

And with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games set to inspire people and communities across the country this summer, Forrester hopes sharing his story will give others motivation to get involved in sport and turn their dreams into reality.

The goalkeeper is a fully trained lawyer off the field but had a see-saw journey between hockey and work during his twenties, flitting back and forth between the two.

He said: "My first year of representation at national level was with the under-21s and that was after I'd gone to uni.

"I did law at university and then did a masters in law immediately after.

"I was a worthwhile thing to do, so I did five years at Edinburgh studying law and then made the decision that I wasn't going to go immediately into practicing law.

"I thought I would try and go full time hockey for a bit."

Forrester travelled to London, the midlands and Bordeaux to play in long stint of hockey before going back to do his Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.

"Once I had completed that I went and had another two years out of law and went and played hockey again and went to Paris," said Forrester.

"And I loved my time in Paris but then I came back to Scotland after that to start a traineeship at a law firm and I'm now a qualified lawyer.

"I think balancing work and hockey is difficult but my work have been pretty supportive, especially with something like the Commonwealths that doesn't come around every year.

"Law's a pretty competitive area so I do think that kind of attitude does help, it's a transferable skill from law to hockey and vice versa."

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