Wednesday was the final day of the fifth annual Marine Corps Trials at Camp Pendleton, a Paralympic-style event that began with three days of coaching and training. Other sports were archery, shooting, track and field, cycling and sitting volleyball.
Said Marcus Chischilly, a Navajo who lost a leg in Afghanistan: “The swimming and the competition test my abilities and (fellow Marines’). I’m really honored to be here. This means everything to me.”
Four teams took part — West Coast and East Coast active-duty, Veterans and Allies (the international team). West Coast and Veterans vied in the gold-medal basketball game, with the Veterans prevailing 35-26 at Paige Fieldhouse.
Hosted by the Wounded Warrior Regiment, founded in 2007, the event also featured troops from Australia, Colombia, France, Georgia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The regiment is headquartered in Quantico, Virginia, but has two battalions — at Camp Pendleton and Camp Lejeune, N.C.
“The purpose of the Marine Corps Trials is to provide an opportunity for all wounded, ill or injured Marines to further the rehabilitation of their minds, bodies and spirits through competition and camaraderie,” organizers said.