167 Gareth Paterson (2) (Small)

Sgt Gareth Paterson

Beeston, Nottingham

Sergeant Paterson was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in 2004, a form of spinal arthritis. As a result, he suffers from chronic pain and stiffness. Although he has his coping mechanisms, on a bad day the pain can be crippling and confine him to his bed. Last year, he found himself suffering from low mood and anxiety and took up Archery to improve his mental wellbeing. He now wants to prove to himself that he is capable of competing at a high level.