PARACYCLIST ex-serviceman Jaco van Gass, who is supported by Help for Heroes’ Sports Recovery programme, came
PARACYCLIST ex-serviceman Jaco van Gass, who is supported by Help for Heroes’ Sports Recovery programme, came away with gold, silver and bronze medals at the Manchester Para-cycling International event last weekend at the National Cycling Centre, Manchester.
Van Gass, who lives in Nettlebed, won gold comfortably in the C4 3,000m individual pursuit after catching Japan’s Ishll Masashi on Saturday. He was congratulated in person by HRH Prince Harry, who stopped by to wish the former soldier well.
Speaking after his victory, Van Gass said: “It was very nice to see Prince Harry. I texted him earlier in the week, mentioned that there was the event this weekend and if he’s in Manchester to come say hello.
“It just so happened that he was and he came to say hello and it just shows you what a great lad he is. There’s no need for him to come but he took five minutes out of his day to come and say hello, watch a bit of cycling and then shoot off again. I’m really really pleased and thankful that he came.”
Van Gass secured silver in the Scratch race on Sunday to add to his bronze medal he picked up on Friday in the mixed team sprint event.
Great Britain cycling team finished the weekend with 12 golds, five silvers and seven bronze. The performances have also secured valuable Paralympic qualifying points ahead of Rio 2016.