“Cycling was the one thing that [I found easy to do]. I could sit on a static bike and I only needed one arm to hold myself up and still turn my legs. It was really good rehab for my left leg and I found it really helpful. Then, through Help for Heroes, I started learning about para sport and para cycling.
“I learned to adapt, in the same way that you learnt to adapt as part of a military operation. You can plan to the finest T, but if you land on the ground, and there’s a doorway where there should be a window, or a building where there shouldn’t be a building, you have to adapt to that.
“But I went with the mindset of ‘let’s see what I can do.”
It turns out there isn’t much Jaco can’t do. He became a member of the GB Para-Cycling team, and competed at the World Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He’s won silver and gold medals at the Invictus Games, and in 2017 even set himself the challenge of cycling 3,081 miles in six days as part of Race Across America (RAAM), raising money in support of other wounded veterans and their families.
“Help for Heroes is a fantastic charity and has been instrumental in helping me recover after injury. Not only this but the help and support they provide families is amazing. I will always be in their debt for the support they have given me.
Jaco made his Paralympic debut in Tokyo 2020, breaking a world record in qualifying, and going on to win gold in the Men's C3 3,000m Individual Pursuit, a bronze in the Men's C3 1,000m time trial, and gold in the Mixed 750m team sprint C1-5.
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