PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) — Team Navy took advantage of its final all-sport training camp onboard Naval Base Ventura county (NBVC) as the athletes continue to work toward the 2017 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games, May 7-12.
During the DoD Warrior Games, athletes will compete in archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, and wheelchair basketball. This Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) adaptive sports camp was the final opportunity offering the athletes practice and coaching to train in all seven of the athletic events.
Coast Guard Information Specialist 1st Class Jose Estrada is new to the team but said the camp was a great way to push himself and compete at a higher standard.
“We are all here to win,” he said. “The camp was a great way for us to build camaraderie and help each other as we strive to achieve the same goal.”
The week-long event provided space for both newcomers and veterans of adaptive sports to learn from one another and build strong relationships, enhancing their competitive edge going into the Warrior Games.
“It can be a little intimidating,” said Lt. Jason Roberts, a new Team Navy member. “However, once you get into the sporting events, everyone opens up and is really inviting.”
The camp also served as a great metric for coaches to see where their athlete’s capabilities shine and where there is room for improvement.
“Just like any other competition, you have to train to get better,” said Gretta Neimanas, cycling coach for the sports camp. “At a camp like this we try to teach good habits and lessons that the athletes can take home with them and continue to train for the Warrior Games on their own.”
Neimanas also used the camp to show her athletes how adaptive sports can aide in their journey of recovery while emphasizing the importance of having fun while competing.
“Warrior games gives the athletes a taste of competition and it may be their first since their injury or illness,” she said. “[Warrior Games] introduces the service members to new experiences and helps them see they can still be an athlete after their injury or illness.”
Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor is the Navy’s sole organization for coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen and providing resources and support to their families. Through proactive leadership, the program provides individually-tailored assistance designed to optimize the success of the wounded warriors’ recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration activities.
To learn more, visit www.navywoundedwarrior.com/.
Kyle Malloy is a contributing writer for the Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor program under Navy Installations Command.
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