An ex-Army commando from Fremington who lost his leg while serving in Afghanistan has set his sights on reaching the 2020 Paralympics.Ross Austen, 33, also sustained injuries to his right leg while in active service in 2008, but this year has taken up para-powerlifting. And, despite only starting to train in January, he now has a British Championships gold medal to his name. It was a great experience, he said. It was only my third competition and Id been training hard for it. I thought I might have a chance of a bronze medal but I never in a million years thought Id win it. The European Championships are in Hungary in December and the next aim now is to try to get onto the British squad. Ross, who has gone through three years of rehabilitation and two years of fighting post traumatic stress disorder and depression, took the gold in the over 72kg category by bench pressing 130kg at the championships, held at Coventrys Ricoh Arena. As a qualified personal trainer, he has always been into fitness and took up powerlifting after narrowly missing out on the British para-triathlon squad. He admits that next years Paralympics in Brazil will be too soon for him but hes hoping to represent his country at the 2020 games in Tokyo. Thats what Im aiming for as Ive got a good five years to establish myself, he said. Even if youre in the GB squad theres no guarantee of making it as only the top eight in the world qualify. It is quite a tough process and theres a lot of work to do, but Im definitely looking forward to the challenge. Eventually I would like to become a full-time athlete, but Ill need to get a lot more sponsorship before then.