When Jono met Jaco van Gass MBE

Earlier in the summer, Jono visited Jaco van Gass MBE at his home near the Peak District.

Jono is one of LifeJacket’s co-founders and the engine room of the business. He’s the guy you all talk to at events or over email and phone. He’s a massive part of our story.

But this short film is all about Jaco…

Jaco is the kindest, most gracious man you’ll ever meet. In 2009, during his second tour of Afghanistan with the Parachute Regiment, Jaco sustained severe life changing injuries, including the loss of his left arm below the elbow, when he was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade following his platoon’s 45 minute fire fight with enemy forces.

Fortunate to survive and following multiple operations and rehabilitation, Jaco has become an inspiration to many with his continued achievements. As well as competing for the Combined Services Disabled Ski Team and undertaking multiple marathons, he was a member of the record-breaking ‘Walking With The Wounded’ team who trekked unsupported to the North Pole and narrowly missed reaching the summit of Everest due to adverse weather.

Jaco also made his international para-cycling debut in 2013 and has since secured medals at multiple World Championships, and most recently, won two golds and a bronze medal at the Tokyo Paralympics.

In the film, Jaco talks openly about Tokyo and how his philosophy changed after life at war. Sit back and enjoy our short film of the two cycling and chatting across the Peak District.