Invictus Games veteran, Gavin tells how sport "saved his life"
Gavin dreamed of becoming a diver in the Army and was nearing the end of his training when he was diagnosed with severe arthritis. He battled crippling pains in his hips, and in 2012 was forced to undergo a double hip replacement.
Since leaving the forces, the 35-year-old has endured dark moments, but it was when his mental and physical suffering was at boiling point that he found a new hobby that has turned his life around.
Gavin took up archery, and soon found he was a dab hand with a bow.
Within a couple of years, he was selected for the inaugural Invictus Games in London, winning a gold medal in the team archery event.
He said that taking up the sport helped keep him focused after the ending of one of his dreams.
‘’It was a very difficult time, and even now I can’t walk more than a mile without using a walking stick or having a rest.’’
‘’I am not fully cured, but I feel I have my condition under control.Taking up archery has changed my life for the better; it doesn’t matter what you do in life, find a goal and aim for it.’’
Listen to Gavin's story here