Warrior Trials

In June Sean spent two weeks in West Point, NY, along with over 100 other wounded soldiers and veterans, training for and competing in the 2014 Army Warrior trials.  Participants competed in cycling, archery, swimming, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, and track and field events.  Sean earned gold medals in tandem cycling, shot put and discus and silver medals in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.  He has been selected to compete on Team Army in the Warrior Games this fall against members of the other armed services.  The Warrior Games are a partnership between the Department of Defense and the U.S. Olympic Committee Paralympic Military Program.

“Sports and competition mean a lot. It gives me some direction and some purpose– a goal to achieve– and it keeps me in shape. It keeps me out of mischief,” said SSG Johnson. “It is critical to my recovery and health. It improves my outlook on life and future and gives me a way to give back to the Army and military.”

The 2014 Warrior Games are scheduled for September 28 – October 4 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
Photo Credit:  Teia Atkins

Photo Credit: Teia Atkins

Army Trials Cycling Competition

Photo Credit: Teia Atkins

Day 2 Track and Field

Photo Credit: Todd Weiler

Day 2 Track and Field (1)

Photo Credit: Todd Weiler

Day 2 Track and Field (2)

Photo Credit: Todd Weiler

Army Trials Track Competition (3)

Photo Credit: Chris Roxas

Sean was featured in several articles during the trials:

Warrior Games possible in Aberdeen veteran’s future

Local veteran to compete in Warrior Games this fall

‘You may be Wounded, Ill or Injured but You’re not Defeated,’ tandem cyclist says at US Army Warrior Trials

Vision impairment won’t stop wounded veteran at Warrior Games Trials

For more information on the Warrior Games, please visit the US Army Warrior Transition Command’s website: http://www.wtc.army.mil/warrior_games/index.html


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