WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Forty seriously wounded, ill and injured Navy athletes have been chosen to represent Team Navy at the 2014 Warrior Games this fall.
The athletes were evaluated during the Wounded Warrior Team Navy Trials, which took place May 31-June 7 in Norfolk, Virginia. During the event, 65 Team Navy hopefuls faced off in the seven sports - archery, cycling, seated volleyball, shooting, swimming, track and field, and wheelchair basketball - that will be contested during the Warrior Games.
"At the trials, we saw our largest turnout for a Navy adaptive athletics event to date," said Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) - Safe Harbor Director Capt. Brent Breining. "This made selection of the final athletes to represent Team Navy very difficult. Our staff took great care during the selection process to put together the strongest possible team, and no decision was made lightly. I offer heartfelt congratulations to the accomplished athletes who made the team, and I look forward to watching them compete.
"I encourage all of the athletes who took part in the trials - not only those who made the cut - to remain active and continue training. Sports can have a very powerful impact on their physical and mental well-being and has the potential to accelerate their recovery," he added.
NWW is the Navy and Coast Guard's wounded warrior support program. All of the athletes who participated in the trials are enrolled in the program, which has provided non-medical care throughout their recoveries.
The 2014 Team Navy roster includes a diverse collection of athletes. It brings together service members from around the country, from both the enlisted and officer communities, with incredibly varied backgrounds and skill sets. The team will practice together for the first time at a training camp July 8-13 at Naval Base Ventura County, California.
The 2014 Warrior Games - a Paralympic-like competition among wounded warriors from all branches of military service - will take place Sept. 28-Oct. 4 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Once again, NWW will sponsor Team Navy.
The Warrior Games will be preceded by the inaugural INVICTUS Games, an international athletic competition for wounded warriors hosted by the U.K.'s Prince Harry. NWW will send 22 wounded warrior athletes to London Sept. 10-14 to participate in the event. The Navy's INVICTUS Games participant list is available in the NWW website.
The complete 2014 Team Navy roster is below:
Navy Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Jonathan Adviento
Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Angelo Anderson
Retired Navy Legalman 1st Class Shahnaz Askins
Retired Navy Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Patrick Blair
Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Brian Canich
Retired Navy Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Jim Castaneda
Navy Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Daniel Crossley
Navy Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Michael Dacanay
Retired Navy Aviation Electrician's Mate Steven Davis
Navy Machinist's Mate 1st Class Michael Dayton
Navy Chief Counselor Ching Dressel
Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class John Dusseau
Retired Navy Lieutenant John Edmonston
Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jacob Emmott
Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Roel Espino
Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Isaac Francois
Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Jaime Garza
Navy Sonar Technician Surface 2nd Class Shericka Goza
Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Nathaniel Hamilton
Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Aircraft Handler) 3rd Class Donald Jackson
Retired Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class John Kremer
Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sonny Lemerande
Navy Seaman La'Mar Linton
Navy Chief Logistics Specialist Averill Malone
Retired Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Stephan Miller
Navy Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Kenyactha Myers
Navy Airman Brett Parks
Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Redmond Ramos
Retired Navy Aviation Technician 3rd Class Kathleen Ray
Navy Senior Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Ryan Reese
Navy Chief Yeoman Javier Rodriguez Santiago
Retired Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Laura Root
Retired Navy Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Henry Sawyer
Retired Navy Aviation Technician 3rd Class Angel Segarra
Navy Airman Sadie Strong
Navy Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Chris Suter
Navy Counselor 1st Class Misty Taylor
Navy Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Marijka Temple
Retired Navy Chief Gunner's Mate Hector Varela
Retired Navy Chief Yeoman Sharona Young
The above roster may change in the future due to unforeseen circumstances. Please check the NWW website (below) for any updates.
To learn more about NWW, the Warrior Games and adaptive athletics, visit http://safeharbor.navylive.dodlive.mil; call 855-NAVY WWP (628-9997) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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