Sean Gaffney

NAVAL officer currently stationed at RNAS Yeovilton near Yeovil has scooped gold at this year's Invictus Games in the United States.

Petty Officer Sean Gaffney, who is currently stationed at RNAS Yeovilton, had his left leg amputated below the knee following an injury sustained on service in 1999.

PO Gaffney's efforts paid off as he came out on top in men's heavyweight powerlifting, winning the second round with a 160kg lift before going better with 171kg in his final lift. The Paralympics-esque Invictus Games were first staged two years ago, and have Prince Harry as their patron.

Sean then went on to win the silver in the IR5 Men’s 4 min, Gold in the IR5 Men’s 1 min, and Bronze in teh Mixed 4X100m Relay 4X100, and competed in many other events, needless to say we are proud to have Sean as a member and congrtulate him on the success in competing for the UK.

We look forward to seeing Sean soon 

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Onward and Upwards!


After many months of gruelling selection trials, in February 2016 a member of the Royal Naval Lodge, No 2761 Sean Gaffney was selected to represent Great Britain at the Games.

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Courtesy of LA (Phot) Dan Rosenbaum


Sean, a Master Mason has been selected to take part in eight events at the Games.  This is second Invictus games and will take place in Orlando, USA between the 8th and 12th May and will feature more than 500 competitors from 15 countries who will compete in 10 adaptive sports.


Sean will be taking part in the following events:


  • Power lifting (heavy weight class)
  • Discuss
  • Shot
  • Rowing Sprint (1 minute)
  • Rowing Endurance (4 minutes)
  • 400m sprint


Despite the challenges of training for such disparate events, he is determined to bring home a medal.  He was also selected for two cycling events but timetable clashes will prevent him from competing in this discipline

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TV Coverage


The BBC will be showing a documentary The Road to the Games on 2nd May at 7pm and there will be live coverage, hosted by Gabby Logan, each week night during the games.


Event Schedule








Sean joined masonry after researching how he could combine the comradeship of the Royal Naval with charitable works and on discovering there was the Royal Naval Lodge with its Fleet Air Arm and Malta connections on his door step in Yeovil.


Sean Gaffney was initiated into masonry in October 2013, becoming a Master Mason in August 2015.

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Royal Navy


Sean joined the Royal Navy in 1989, on passing out he joined the Fleet Arm as an Air Engineering Mechanic. 


One of Sean’s career highlights was to run in the Fleet Air Arm Field Gun team during the 1995 Royal Tournament.  It was while Sean was training for the final tournament in July 1999 that he received a crush injury to his left foot.  Despite attempts to save it, which included transplanting one of his abdominal muscles into his injured foot, he contracted septicaemia in November which led to a below the knee amputation that month.






From the first day, Sean has never let his injuries hold him back. He was determined not only remain in service but to return to operational duties. Since his accident he has been promoted to Petty Officer and completed tours of duty in Iraq, 2009 and Afghanistan in 2011/12.


Sporting Career


Sean has also completed numerous endurance events over the past 17 years. These include the London and Paris marathons, several half marathons, countless road races and the odd ultramarathon.  Sean has also taken part in endurance events such as Man V Mountain, Coast to Coast (105 miles across Scotland on foot, bike & kayak) and obstacle course race including Tough Guy and Total Warrior.  In 2015 he was awarded Rat Racer of the Year as he completed every event in the Rat Race Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest Series.


Personal Life


Sean is married to Fiona, who is also an avid fitness fan and will often be found alongside him at the start line and sometime ahead of him at the finish line!


They live in Yeovil, along with their pet labrador Molly.


Scott Gibbons



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