Team Navy Athlete Feature: Sadie Finishes Strong in Her Second Warrior Games

A photo of Team Navy member retired Airman Sadie Strong taking aim during shooting practice.Retired Navy Airman Sadie Strong joined the Navy in January 2012 because she wanted to make a difference, and to be part of something bigger than herself. In October 2012, she was assaulted and later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress. She was subsequently medically separated from the Navy.

Strong participated in her second DoD Warrior Games as a returning gold medalist, June 19 – 28 in Quantico, Va. Her mother, father, grandparents and brother drove to the Games from Maryland to support her throughout the competition.

On June 26 at Barber Tent Field House, Strong participated in the shooting competition — prone and standing (open) divisions. While Team Navy fans cheered in the stands, Strong shot with incredible accuracy and concentration, and ultimately brought home the gold medal in both divisions.

“I just started shooting in the standing division a month ago and thanks to the great coaches, I continued to practice and improve my skills, daily, leading up to the competition. Winning two gold medals is just awesome,” said Strong.

“I usually stay calm while shooting, however during the shooting prone competition, I began to feel my heart race. I clamed myself down by closing my eyes, taking deep breaths and visualizing a 10.9 score.”

She credits adaptive sports with changing her life. “When I first came in to the program I could not focus on my life and shooting has helped me over come this, keeping my mind from dwelling on the negative. When I get back home from competition, I plan to continue with shooting, possibly going for Nationals or even the Olympics.”

Strong’s mother, Michelle Walcott, congratulated her daughter after winning her second gold medal in the standing shooting completion.

“My daughter is new to this sport. Last year’s DoD Warrior Games was her first time she participated in shooting and she won gold. It is amazing to see this crazy, amazing, talent that I never knew she had. This has been a great experience for all of us and I especially appreciate Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor for introducing adaptive sports to Sadie,” said Walcott.

Photo of the Week: Team Navy Captures Medals!

A photo of Team Navy's archery (compound) bronze medal-winning team and its coach.Team Navy is adding to its medal count at the 2015 DoD Warrior Games! Above is a photo of the bronze medal-winning archery (compound) team — which includes Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class John Dusseau, Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Roel Espino, and retired Navy Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Adrian Mohammed — posing with the Team Navy archery coach after the medal ceremony. Stay tuned for the latest news at the Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor Facebook page, and visit our DoD Warrior Games page for athlete biographies!

It’s Here: Edition 11 of the Family Newsletter!

An image of the first page of the 11th edition of the Wounded Warrior Family Newsletter.It has been a busy month at Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) — Safe Harbor, and many of our enrollees have been very busy, as well. But, enrollees, families and caregivers — please take time to read the latest installment of our Wounded Warrior Family Newsletter. There’s some great information in this edition! Ready more, too, about the family support provided by NWW.

Photo of the Week: Navy Chief Prepares for the 2015 DoD Warrior Games

 

2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games Army TrialsIda Malone helps her husband, Navy Chief Logistics Specialist Averill Malone, stretch before cycling during the Navy’s training camp at Naval Base Ventura County to prepare for the 2015 DoD Warrior Games. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

Click here to view DoD News article about the Camp, as well as the Malone family story.

Who Are You Cheering For?

A Team Navy DoD Warrior Games spectator sign.The DoD Warrior Games are just around the corner! Are you ready??? Show your support by attending the event (at Marine Corps Base Quantico; learn more here) and bringing this sign with you. Cheer loudly for ALL the seriously wounded, ill and injured service members competing, but especially the members of Team Navy! If you can’t attend, please take a photo with this sign and use #TeamNavy when you post it to social media. We hope to see you in the stands!

Photo of the Week: Bullseye!

A Team Navy athlete poses next to three perfect bullseyes during archery practice.It’s one thing to hit the bullseye… but it’s another thing entirely to hit it after passing through an incredibly small target — the mouth of a water bottle! During last week’s DoD Warrior Games training camp at Naval Base Ventura County, Team Navy’s archery athletes looked better than ever — and they had a great time together! They are looking forward to displaying their skills at the Games later this month. Go #TeamNavy!

Above: Retired Navy Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Adrian Mohammed poses next to the speared water bottle, proudly displaying the team’s bullseyes!

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