VA Western New York Healthcare System
New York Athletes Bring Home Medals
Veterans from New York state returned home with over 40 medals from the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games held in Tampa, Fla. July 13-18. During the Games, New York athletes won medals at all levels in events ranging from weightlifting to swimming to power soccer.
Nearly 600 athletes came from all over the United States and Great Britain to compete in the annual multi-sport wheelchair event for military Veterans. The participants use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or neurological problems.
The competition featured 18 different medal-awarding events and two exhibition events with athletes competing against their peers according to wheelchair sports experience and agility. The event is held to improve the quality of life for Veterans with disabilities and foster better health through sports competition. Besides producing world-class athletes, the Games also provide opportunities for newly disabled Veterans to develop new skills and be inspired by other wheelchair athletes.
Here are the winners from across the state of New York.
|Ernest Williams||Trap Shooting||Gold|
|Ernest Williams||Motorized Rally||Gold|
|Angela Lupe||Table Tennis||Gold|
|Peter Ricotta||Nine Ball||Gold|
|Jake Hipps||Field - Discus||Gold|
|Stefan Bozydaj||Motorized Slalom||Gold|
|Lawrence Daley||Bowling - Ramp||Gold|
|Joseph De Weever||Field - Javelin||Gold|
|Marlon Benn||Swimming - Freestyle 100 yds||Gold|
|Marlon Benn||Table Tennis||Gold|
|Theresa Hannigan||Swimming - Freestyle 50 yds||Gold|
|Theresa Hannigan||Table Tennis||Gold|
|Stephen Pilla||Bowling - Manual||Gold|
|Stephen Pilla||Bocce Ball||Gold|
|Donald Plunkett||Motorized Rally||Gold|
|Donald Plunkett||Bowling - Ramp||Gold|
|Jimmie Loupe||Bowling - Stick||Gold|
|Jimmie Loupe||Motorized Slalom (Hand Controls)||Gold|
|Neil Heine||Bowling - Stick||Gold|
|Mario Ojeda||Motorized Slalom (Hand Controls)||Gold|
|Peter Ricotta||Motorized Slalom (Hand Controls)||Silver|
|William Butler||Table Tennis||Silver|
|Joseph De Weever||Field - Shot Put||Silver|
|Marlon Benn||Trap Shooting||Silver|
|Stephen Pilla||Field - Discus||Silver|
|Michael Hicks||Bowling - Ramp (Manual)||Silver|
|Manuel Natal||Bowling - Ramp (Manual)||Silver|
|John Logiudice||Bocce Ball||Silver|
|Thomas Hodne||Weightlifting By Bodyweight||Silver|
|Ernest Williams||Archery with Recurve Bow||Bronze|
|Angela Lupe||Nine Ball||Bronze|
|Joseph De Weever||Field - Discus||Bronze|
|Joseph De Weever||Bowling - Manual||Bronze|
|Joseph De Weever||Softball||Bronze|
|Donald Plunkett||Bocce Ball||Bronze|
|Jimmie Loupe||Motorized Rally||Bronze|
|Jessie Phillips||Weightlifting By Bodyweight||Bronze|
|John Logiudice||Bowling - Ramp (Hand Controls)||Bronze|
|John Logiudice||Nine Ball||Bronze|
|John Logiudice||Power Soccer||Bronze|
|Mario Ojeda||Bowling - Manual||Bronze|
The Games are presented by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America. The James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America co-hosted the 2013 event locally.
For more on the Games, visit www.wheelchairgames.va.gov.