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SA Marine competing in Warrior Games
U.S. Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment sitting basketball team drills and hones in on shooting and rebounding techniques during practice.
By Shannon Collins
Joint Hometown News Service
The son of a San Antonio woman knows how an explosion, crash, gunshot, sickness, or emotional trauma can push a military service member to a place of unfamiliarity -- the sidelines. And through the healing process, Paralympic sport gives many survivors the chance to prove anyone can overcome a disability.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Ivan Sears, son of Judy Pullin of San Antonio, is competing for the Marine team during the 2013 Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 11-17.
Throughout the seven-day event, wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans from the Army, Marines, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard, as well as some from Special Operations Command, and a team from the British military will compete in events, including track and field, shooting, swimming, cycling, archery, wheelchair basketball, and sitting volleyball.
Sears is competing for the gold in track and cycling. He is excited to compete.
“It feels good to represent the Marines and my hometown. I think we’re going to win another cup and more gold,” said the 2008 East Central High School graduate.
While serving in Afghanistan, Sears stepped on an improvised explosive device. He lost one leg and broke his hips. He said events like the Warrior Games challenge him to get back into shape. He also said he does not let his injuries define him.
“Even though my life has changed forever, I’m still having fun in my life and having a good time,” said Sears.
He also encourages newly wounded warriors who may not feel comfortable to leave their house to take those baby steps and try out for the team camps.
“Challenge yourself; push through it and find your new normal,” said Sears.
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