After leaving secondary school Jon-Allan joined the RAF in 2002 and served in Afghanistan in 2005 and Iraq in 2007 as a Weapons technician. On 4 August 2007 he was caught in a rocket attack on Basra Air Station, Iraq. He was operated on by doctors in a battlefield hospital who carried out an above the elbow amputation of his left arm.
In October 2007, while he was still recovering at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court in Surrey, Jon-Allan attended a Paralympics GB talent ID day in Loughborough. It was here that he first made contact with British Cycling coaches.
In May 2008 he became involved with the Help for Heroes Big Battlefield Bike Ride, a 350 mile cycling challenge around the battlefields of northern France, to raise funds to benefit other injured servicemen and women. This sparked his interest in cycling.
In August 2008, with support from Help for Heroes, Jon attended a Paralympic sports camp in San Diego. Already identified as particularly talented at a Paralympic talent ID day in the UK, the British Cycling team decided to put him through his paces in the Velodrome.
Jon-Allan’s talent for cycling saw him represent his country at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in Track and Road Cycling where he won an incredible three silver medals. He now has his sights set on the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Help for Heroes is delighted to have been able to support Jon's rise to success which includes funding specific technical equipment such as his latest track bike.
True to Jon-Allan’s ‘give it a go’ attitude, January 2015 will see him compete in Channel 4’s, The Jump.
If you’re wounded, injured or sick and want to try sport, like Jon-Allan, get in touch with the Help for Heroes team.