Hartlepool family celebrate after veteran’s Invictus Games win

Gaz Golightly with his gold medal
Gaz Golightly with his gold medal
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A VETERAN is still on cloud nine after scooping gold at the Invictus Games.

Gaz Golightly was selected to represent England in Prince Harry’s London-based games for wounded, injured or sick soldiers.

Over 400 servicemen, women and veterans from 14 nations took part in nine sports over four days.

And Gaz, who lives in Hart Station, was proudly named as a member of the British Armed Forces wheelchair basketball team.

The 32-year-old amputee and his team played a storming tournament, beating Australia 20-4, France 17-1, Denmark 14-11, and the USA 19-9, earning themselves each a gold medal.

Gaz, who had to have his right leg amputated above the knee after being involved in a car smash as he drove back to his barracks in Wiltshire in 2002, said: “It was amazing. All of our hard work and training paid off and beating the USA 19-9 was the icing on the cake. I think we were all just so proud to be a part of it. To get a golds just fantastic.”

Gaz and his family also got to meet Prince Harry, whose idea it was to organise the games in the first place.

The former soldier’s wife Denise Golightly, 29, said she and her family could not be more proud of Gaz.

“I can’t put into words how good it was, the atmosphere was just unreal,” said the mum of Clarissa, 4, Brianna, 2, and baby Jason, 11 weeks. “We were all so proud when he got his gold medal, we were ecstatic.”

Gaz, who alternates between using a wheelchair and a prosthetic limb for mobility, will soon start training for his next challenge – a bike ride from Liverpool to Catterick.

in November.