CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- More than 200 Marines, sailors and veterans gathered on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., to compete for their respective units over the course of seven days. Though wounded or ill from their unselfish service to their country, they were determined to perform as best they can for their respective units.
The 6th annual Marine Corps Trials was a sports invitational competition that took place from March 2 though 9 on Camp Pendleton.
Wounded Warrior Battalions – East and West competed against each other in basketball, volleyball, swimming and archery amongst other sports.
WWBN-W jumped out ahead early, taking gold and bronze medals in archery and gold and silver in the 50-meter freestyle open in swimming.
WWBN-E countered by taking gold and silver in the men’s 100-meter dash open in track.
Heading into the final day of the competition, WWBN-E fell behind 12 medals and they had to make one final push if they wanted to prevail.
They swept WWBN-W in the wheelchair basketball tournament, taking the gold, silver and bronze medals and that made the difference as they squeezed ahead and won the trials by three medals.
Many of these athletes will participate in the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, from June 14 through 22.
For more information and highlights from this year’s games, visit www.woundedwarriorregiment.org.