By Whitney Delbridge Nichels, Warrior Care and TransitionFebruary 12, 2018
ARLINGTON, Va. - Warrior Care and Transition has announced the selection of more than 100 wounded warrior athletes to compete in the 2018 Army Trials at Fort Bliss, Texas. Soldiers and veterans will compete March 3 - 8 in nine events with hopes of earning a spot on Team Army for the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games, June 2 - 9 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
For many returning athletes, it is a chance to build upon their previous Army Trials performances and conquer new goals. For newcomers, like Spc. Katherine Morrin, it is a chance to put months of training to the test while building new bonds.
"I am excited to be competing and to meet other wounded warriors who are dealing with a lot of the same obstacles and hardships," said Morrin.
The Warrior Care and Transition Program equips wounded, ill and injured Soldiers with the resources to return to duty or transition into veteran status. As part of Army Warrior Care's whole-Soldier approach, adaptive reconditioning is introduced to Soldiers in transition to help them remain active and teach them new ways to do different activities, like the sports they have always loved or new activities they never thought possible. With every push forward, the Army athletes at the heart of these games show just what happens when resiliency overpowers fear and the impossible becomes attainable.
"Army Trials is a great event for our wounded, ill and injured Soldiers," said Lt. Col. Heidi Schuster, officer-in-charge of the Warrior Care and Transition Adaptive Reconditioning Program. "Not only will they receive world class training from our coaching staff, but this year they will get to experience a variety of therapeutic recreation events that they can take back with them to help with their recovery."
This year, Army Trials will introduce two new events -- rowing and powerlifting -- to complete the competition line up, which includes track, field, shooting, archery, swimming, cycling, wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.
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