Gordon served as a Royal Navy steward for 26 years onboard ships and submarines before leaving military service in 2003 due to a serious ankle injury which meant the removal of part of his right leg.
Despite this life-changing operation, Gordon says he’s in a better place, “Going from taking about 30 different pain killers and anti-inflammatory tablets every day, to just taking two on days that I need them. That was the biggest thing. Just being off the meds has changed me.''
Thanks to his fiancé Abbi, he found Help for Heroes, joining the Plymouth Recovery Centre’s wheelchair rugby team, Endeavour. He says thanks to the support and camaraderie he found there he hasn’t looked back, “I’m back doing wheelchair rugby, cycling – it’s all there. The world’s opened up again. It’s given me back what I wanted to do.”
Gordon is set to represent the UK team this year in Tampa, Florida. He says “It has given me a new lease of life 100%. I found the old me again.”
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