It Changed My Life: Former Warriors midfielder Thomas Beattie reinvented himself after injuries ended his football career

A severe match injury kick-started his reinvention from footballer to successful entrepreneur

Thomas Beattie had been a footballer for 10 years when he sustained a head injury. While recovering, he focused on turning a business idea into reality. Now he is the co-founder of 11 companies, which are expected to make $10 million revenue in 2019.
Mr Beattie (second from left) was playing for Warriors FC when he suffered a career-ending injury in 2015. Mr Thomas Beattie is now the owner of 11 businesses which are expected to bring in $10 million in revenue this year.
Mr Thomas Beattie is now the owner of 11 businesses which are expected to bring in $10 million in revenue this year.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY
Mr Beattie (second from left) was playing for Warriors FC when he suffered a career-ending injury in 2015. Mr Thomas Beattie is now the owner of 11 businesses which are expected to bring in $10 million in revenue this year.
Mr Beattie (second from left) was playing for Warriors FC when he suffered a career-ending injury in 2015.PHOTO: COURTESY OF THOMAS BEATTIE

Mr Thomas Beattie lay on the football pitch in Bedok Stadium, drifting in and out of consciousness.

The midfielder was not sure what had happened to him, but it felt as though his head and face had been bashed in with a sledgehammer.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 30, 2019, with the headline 'Starting anew after 'beautiful nightmare''. Print Edition | Subscribe