Jaco van Gass

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South African born Jaco van Gass was a member of the British Armed Forces Parachute Regiment where during his second tour of Afghanistan he was severely wounded.

It was during Jaco’s second tour of Afghanistan, after five and a half months and with just two weeks to go when Jaco sustained severe life changing injuries. Jaco and his platoon were engaged by Enemy Forces and after an intense 45 minute fire fight, Jaco was hit by an RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade). The injuries he sustained included the loss of his left arm at the elbow, a collapsed left lung, shrapnel wounds to his left side, punctured internal organs, blast wounds to upper thigh, a broken tibia and a fractured knee.

Jaco had 11 operations and intense rehabilitation, he has overcome adversity and taking on the world. He has since represented the army in the CSDST (Combined Services Disabled Ski Team) and competed in downhill race skiing. He has completed marathons over the world raising money for various charities. In 2011 he trekked unsupported to the North Pole and in the process broke a few world records.

In 2012, as a mentor and integral part of the summit team he attempted to climb Mt. Everest however weather conditions prevented them from finishing.

He has recently summated Mt. McKinley and is a now member of the GB ParaCycling team and will be competing in his first World Championships in Apeldoorn Holland.