A FORMER soldier from Nettlebed who lost his arm in service has won a gold medal at the Invictus Games
A FORMER soldier from Nettlebed who lost his arm in service has won a gold medal at the Invictus Games.
Jaco Van Gass, 29, who was injured in a grenade attack in Afghanistan in 2009, won the IRB2 men's road bike time trials at the event in Florida on Monday.
The Games, which were launched by Prince Harry in 2014, are a biennial international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel.
Mr Van Gass, who was born in South Africa, won two gold medals two years ago.
He joined the Parachute Regiment in 2007 and the following year was injured in a firefight with Afghan insurgents. He lost his left arm at the elbow and was injured down the left-hand side of his body, suffering a collapsed lung and shrapnel wounds.
He needed 11 operations and two years of rehabilitation.
Mr Van Gass carried the Olympic torch through Woolwich in 2012 and moved to Nettlebed later that year after accepting a job with security firm SCR in Remenham.