Army Hawaii sends world-class athletes to international games

| June 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

Peter Burke
Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Three U.S. Army-Hawaii Soldiers will compete in the Conseil International DuSport Militaire, or CISM, Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro, July 13-25.

The Military World Games are a multisports event, organized every four years, held one year before the year the Olympics take place.

Soldier-athletes from 25th Infantry Division and Tripler Army Medical Center are representing their respective sports:

  • Sgt. Gary Ang, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 35th Inf. Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID, is competing in sand/beach volleyball.
  • Spc. Ashleah Dingle, Medical Co. C, TAMC, is competing in soccer.
  • Sgt. Aubry Johnson, Co. D, 3rd Bn., 25th Aviation Regt., 25th Combat Avn. Bde., 25th ID, is also competing in soccer.

As members of the U.S. Armed Forces National Team, Ang, Dingle and Johnson will compete against military athletes from Asia, Canada, Europe and South America.

The timing of amateur games is important for athletes, in terms of performance, as Olympic coaches observe the games and recruit potential competitors.

For USARHAW Soldiers, the next step after CISM is an invitation to join the Army World Class Athlete Program. If received, that invitation is a call to the 2012 Olympic trials.

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