Wounded Warrior Team Navy Trials- Taylor
Navy Counselor 1st Class Misty Taylor
Many determined faces showed up to Naval Station Norfolk, June 3. They all had different reasons for coming, each from a different part of the U.S. but they all had one thing in common, the 2014 Wounded Warrior Team Navy trials.
Among them was Navy Counselor 1st Class Misty Taylor, originally from Jacksonville, Fla., who competed for the first time in the adaptive sports trials. She participated in archery, air rifle shooting and swimming.
"At first I wasn't to sure how I would stand next to the competition," said Taylor, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. "I feel that I did fairly well, but overall it was really fun and if I don't make the team I'm still happy with my performance.
Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic and Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) hosted the events, which were held at Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk State University and Virginia Wesleyan College.
More than 60 seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from across the country competed for a place on Team Navy. Many, like Taylor, were first time competitors.
Taylor said that hearing some of the athlete's stories and seeing what they're still capable of is inspiring.
"It's so amazing to hear some of the things that the participants have been through," said Taylor. "It made me feel that anything was possible once I saw how determined others were who had injuries from a war-zone or who survived cancer."
"Now that I have participated, I plan to go back to San Diego and share my experiences," said Taylor. "By doing so I hope I can influence others (wounded warriors) to get involved."
The top three athletes from each event will be selected for Team Navy and will advance to the 2014 Warrior Games. This will be the fifth annual competition among wounded warriors from all branches of military service, and will take place Sept. 28 through Oct. 4.
To learn more about NWW and adaptive athletics, call 855-NAVY WWP (628-9997) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.