News: Wounded Warrior Regiment to host fourth annual Marine Corps Trials
Story by Victoria Long
QUANTICO, Va. – The Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment will host its fourth annual Marine Corps Trials aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 4-12.
The Marine Corps Trials is an 8-sport Paralympic-style invitational involving more than 300 wounded, ill, or injured Marines and international competitors. Participants will be organized into four competing teams – two active duty teams from Wounded Warrior Battalion-East and Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, a Marine Veteran team, and an international team comprised of wounded warriors from Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Georgia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Athletes will have the opportunity to compete in archery, shooting, swimming, track, field, cycling, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball. Each participant will compete in either two or three events. Athletes can also compete in the Warrior Pentathlon event that includes a 50-meter freestyle swim, 10-meter prone air rifle shooting, 100-meter sprint, shot-put, and cycling.
More than 50 world-class coaches will be on hand to train and coach the athletes throughout the event. From March 4-6, all athletes will receive training and coaching in their respective events with competitions starting on March 7.
“At the end of the event, athletes will have learned new skills, pushed their personal limits, and connected with others in different stages of the recovery process,” said Jenny Sullivan, Warrior Athlete Reconditioning Program (WAR-P) Director.
The purpose of the Marine Corps Trials is to provide an opportunity for all wounded, ill, or injured Marines to further the rehabilitation of their minds, bodies, and spirits through competition and camaraderie.
Sergeant Major Michael Mack, Wounded Warrior Regiment Sergeant Major, is excited to attend his first Marine Corps Trials.
“The thing I find most motivating about the about the Marine Corps Trials is that our Marines compete, our warriors give 100% and leave it all out on the field every time they get out there representing our Marine Corps,” said Mack.
For some, the Trials are a milestone in their personal athletic goals. For others, it is an opportunity to experience new activities and connect with their fellow wounded warriors. For all of the participants, the Trials are a chance to come together and focus on their abilities, not their disabilities.
Throughout the year, WAR-P offers clinics around the United States that allow Marines to learn new sports and connect with fellow wounded, ill, or injured Marines spread across the country. Each of these clinics offers something for every athlete, regardless of whether they are new to a sport or a seasoned competitor.
Established in 2007, the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment was created to provide and enable assistance to combat and non-combat wounded, ill, and injured Marines, and sailors attached to or in direct support of Marine units and their family members in order to assist them as they return to duty or transition to civilian life. The Regimental Headquarters, located in Quantico, Va., oversees the operations of two Wounded Warrior Battalions located at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Camp Lejeune, N.C., as well as multiple detachments in locations around the globe.
For more information about the Wounded Warrior Regiment, please visit www.woundedwarriorregiment.org or www.facebook.com/wwr.usmc.