GB Paralympic cyclist and self-confessed adventurer, Jaco van Gass is not someone to shy away from a challenge. Running, cycling and pushing himself to perform his best come second-nature.
He joined us on our 'Challenge Yourself' photoshoot to model the collection he helped create in partnership with fellow Veteran, Andy Perrin and our in-house designers.
Jaco served in the Parachute Regiment. On his second tour of Afghanistan in 2009 he suffered life-changing injuries; a blast from a Rocket Propelled Grenade resulted in shrapnel wounds, blast wounds to his left leg and losing his left arm. Soon after he became involved with Help for Heroes.
''Help for Heroes has introduced me to a number of challenges that really helped me realise what I was still capable of doing and achieving after not only injury, but also military life''.
Above: Jaco models the Challenge Yourself sportswear collection and some of our new range on location in the New forest, alongside his fiancé Kathryn.
With Andy Perrin, Jaco took part in Race Across America (RAAM) - one of the word's toughest endurance cycling events - 3,081 miles through 12 states. In March this year Jaco took on Cape Epic in South Africa - an 8 day mountain bike stage race. They became the first disabled team to complete this challenge.
Jaco and Andy were the perfect duo to help us design our latest sportswear collection, bringing their experience and expertise to influence the look and feel as well as the kit's technical performance detailing.
Above: Veterans and creators of the Challenge Yourself sports range, Andy Perrin and Jaco van Gass proudly model items from the collection.
''I have really enjoyed being involved in the design and being able to produce some great kit that I know others will love. I am looking forward to seeing rides and challenges to come with participants wearing the newly designed kit''.