Hawaii-based WTB adds to medal count at Warrior Games

| October 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Spc. Charles M. Bailey Maj. Raymond O'Donnell, Pacific Regional Medical Command, Hawaii, a member of the Army team, swims laps in preparation for the swim event during the 2014 Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Sept. 30. More than 200 service members and veterans participated in the 2014 Warrior Games, an annual event where wounded, ill and injured compete in various Paralympic-style events.

Maj. Raymond O’Donnell, Pacific Regional Medical Command, Hawaii, a member of the Army team, swims laps in preparation for the swim event during the 2014 Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Sept. 30. More than 200 service members and veterans participated in the 2014 Warrior Games, an annual event where wounded, ill and injured compete in various Paralympic-style events. (Photo by Spc. Charles M. Bailey)

Ana Allen
Pacific Regional Medical Command Public Affairs
HONOLULU — Army team wounded warrior athletes, Maj. Ray O’Donnell, Pacific Regional Medical Command (PRMC), and Sgt. Kawaiola Nahale, Warrior Transition Battalion-Hawaii (WTB-Hawaii), medaled in the Warrior Games swimming competition, Sept. 31, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

O’Donnell takes home a Gold and Silver Medal in the S10 division, while Nahale earns two Silver medals in the Open Class swimming division.

Their victories contributed to the Army team winning 26 medals in the Warrior Games swimming event overall.
O’Donnell, who sustained polytrauma in 2007, said he felt honored to have been selected to represent the Army and had trained hard, daily, since the Army Trials earlier this year in preparation for the competition.

“The fact that I’m able to compete in sports again, I feel so fortunate,” said O’Donnell. “But most of all, it’s important to remember that we all made it home. Everybody who’s competing here made it home, and it’s so important for us to pay tribute and respect to the ultimate sacrifice paid by those who didn’t come home.”

Nahale, a breast cancer survivor, said participating in the games has given her an opportunity to focus on her strength.

“I can just be around swimmers,” said Nahale. “I don’t have to think about what happened. Here I can tell another athlete I had cancer, and they are like, ‘ok, get in the water and push,’ and that’s what I like about it.”

According to a Warrior Transition Command (WTC) press release, the athlete’s performance exemplified the resilient spirit of all Soldiers.

History of WG Competition
Since 2010, approximately 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans have competed annually at the Warrior Games, a unique partnership between the Department of Defense and U.S. Olympic Committee Paralympic Military Program.
Athletes representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations compete for gold in each of seven sports:
• Archery,
• Cycling,
• Shooting,
• Sitting Volleyball,
• Swimming,
• Track and Field, and
• Wheelchair Basketball.

Sgt. Kawaiola Nahale, WTB-Hawaii, medaled in the Warrior Games swimming competition, Sept. 31, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (courtesy photo)

Sgt. Kawaiola Nahale, WTB-Hawaii, medaled in the Warrior Games swimming competition, Sept. 31, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (courtesy photo)

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