Gavin Bellis was a diesel mechanic with the Australian Army when he was diagnosed with spinocerebellar ataxia in 2004. Affecting his coordination and balance, he was medically discharged the following year.
With experience playing and coaching rugby union, Gavin contacted Paralympics Australia to learn about his options in Para-sport. Encouraged to try rowing, his raw talent and competitive spirit made for a promising start to his sporting career.
At the 2012 Gavirate International Regatta in Italy, Gavin won silver in the mixed double sculls with Paralympic silver medallist Kathryn Ross, and bronze in the single boat.
Motivated by Kathryn’s silver medal success in Beijing, Gavin was confident gold was within reach at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. In what he describes as a devastating blow, the pair finished third in their heat, second in their repechage heat and fifth in the final, racing nearly nine seconds slower than first-placed Chinese …Read More