COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (NNS) -- Team Navy racked up 14 medals, including six gold medals, at Warrior Games track and field events at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 14.
Retired Builder Constructionman Roy "Daniel" Peters collected two gold medals in the men's shot put and discus competitions for visually impaired athletes. His teammate, retired Master-at-Arms Seaman Steven Hancock, earned two gold medals in the same competitions for wheelchair athletes.
"It felt really good to get those gold medals for Team Navy. I tried my best, and my best prevailed," said Hancock, who was injured in 2009 and is now confined to a wheelchair. "It made all of my hard work during the past year-and-a-half worth it. Now I am just going to keep working towards the Endeavor Games next month, which are followed by the Nationals."
Additionally, retired Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Max Rohn, a lower-body amputee, clinched the gold medal in a men's discus contest (other ambulatory). On the track, Lt. Timothy Kraynack took home a gold medal in a men's 1,500-meter race (below the knee (single and double).
"We saw six lifetime-best throws on the field today," said Team Navy field coach Kent Pagel. "It was just an outstanding performance from some very hard-working men. Both Hancock and Peters have the potential to work their way up to the Paralympic level."
Despite weather challenges and delays, Team Navy also collected two silver medals and six bronze medals - including a bronze in the men's 4x100-meter relay (open) and various other track and field events.
While the track and field events were concluding, some members of Team Navy and their families enjoyed a lively wheelchair tennis clinic hosted by the U.S. Tennis Association at the U.S. Air Force Academy's indoor tennis facility. Nearly 50 people received an introduction to the sport and tried it out on the courts.
In the evening, Team Navy went head-to-head against Team Air Force on the basketball court, ultimately earning a decisive victory of 33-18. That win advances Team Navy to the bronze medal game against the Marines, May 15.
On the seated volleyball court, Team Navy fell to both the Army and the Marines in two sets. The team will face off against the United Kingdom, May 15, for the bronze medal in what promises to be an exciting rematch.
Team Navy is sponsored by Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) - Safe Harbor, the Navy and Coast Guard's wounded warrior support program. The team members have upper-body and/or lower-body injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairments, serious illnesses, and/or post-traumatic stress.
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