British Cycling have today released the list of riders who will be receiving support and funding during 2013.
We are delighted that four ex-servicemen who have received support from Help for Heroes have been included on the list; Jon Allan Butterworth, Terry Byrne, Jaco Van Gass and Andy Kelsey.
The most prominently known of the four is Jon-Allan Butterworth (27) who took the world stage in the London 2012 Paralympics with great success, achieving three silver medals for Team GB!
Jon was severely injured when an incoming rocket exploded next to him whilst on tour in Iraq in 2007. He was one of the first wounded individuals to take part in a Help for Heroes challenge - the Band of Brothers Bike Ride from Portsmouth to Paris in 2007. It was on this ride that his interest in cycling was born.
Jaco Van Gass (26) is a relatively new talent who has already shown incredible promise as part of the Help for Heroes Battle Back Cycling Team.
Jaco lost his left arm in a rocket-propelled grenade attack while serving with the Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan in 2009. He also suffered a collapsed lung, punctured internal organs, loss of muscle from the upper left thigh, and multiple shrapnel wounds.
Head of Physical Recovery at Help for Heroes Martin Colclough says: “It is wonderful to see the talent of our service personnel and veterans continue to be recognised by British Cycling. Our partnership with Paralympics GB is proving to be hugely beneficial for the individuals we support and we are looking forward to following these inspirational athletes on their road to Rio.”
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