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Georgian wounded soldiers claim 7 medals at Marine Corps Trials competition in US
21 March, 2018
Georgian wounded and injured soldiers have claimed 7 medals at Marine Corps Trials competition which took place at the military base “Camp Lejeune” located in North Caroline, United States.

Two Georgian servicemen, Aluda Seturidze and Davit Noreshelashvili received gold in the hand-cycling competition, while Jimsher Chkhenkeli received silver and Alika Gitolendia bronze.

Three other wounded Georgian soldiers won three silver medals in rowing simulation.
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Georgian wounded and injured soldiers have claimed 7 medals at Marine Corps Trials competition

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servicemen who were wounded and injured while participating in various combat operations will take part in the running and sitting basketball competitions as well.

173 wounded and injured military servicemen from the United States, Australia, Colombia, France, Georgia, Germany and the United Kingdom are participating in the competition in 7 different kinds of sports.

Georgian Defence Ministry congratulated the soldiers on their victory.
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Two Georgian servicemen received gold in the hand-cycling competition

“Georgian wounded soldiers win 7 medals in Marine Corps Trials competition, North Caroline, US.

You are INVICTUS & we are proud of you!” reads the official Twitter page of the Ministry of Defence of Georgia.

The opening ceremony for the 2018 Marine Corps Trials took place at the North Caroline military base Camp Lejeune on March 17.

The Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Glenn Wolders addressed the participants of the competition at the opening ceremony and wished wounded soldiers success and good luck.
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Georgian and wounded and injured soldiers

The Marine Corps Trials is a paralympic-style adaptive sports event hosted by the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment, which promotes recovery and rehabilitation through adaptive sport participation and develops camaraderie among recovering service members and veterans.

RSMs from various countries come to compete against each other in sports such as wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, archery and many more.

According to the official website of the United States Marine Corps, although there is some language barriers it doesn’t stop any of the 2018 Marine Corps Trials athletes from getting to know one another.

The official website of the United States Marine Corps publishes the participant’s impressions related to the tournament. It is noteworthy that according to their interviews, taking part in similar competition really encourages them and helps them to improve their psychological conditions.

“The camaraderie is built during the sport events but afterward is where it’s really important,” said Maj. Timothy Wright, officer in charge, Wounded Warrior Battalion East. “They share stories and realize that it’s not just them that have had the issues that they sustained.”
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Taking part in similar competition really encourages the soldiers

“We’re always laughing, joking and the one thing that brings it home is we all have very similar lived experiences as military members,” said Australian Army Maj. Kelliegh Jackson.

“At the end of the day it doesn’t matter, I want to represent my country, share communion and fellowship with the other veterans and I want to be an inspiration to my soldiers who are back in Australia struggling with their own injuries,” said Jackson.
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“I want to show them that it doesn’t matter how many challenges you’ve got or how old you are. When someone says do you want to do this you say yeah, put your hand up and just go for it,” Maj. Kelliegh Jackson added.

The Wounded Warrior Regiment Warrior Athlete Reconditioning Program works every day with Marines and Sailors to further their recovery. The Marine Corps Trials provides a chance to showcase these efforts and the importance of adaptive sports to a greater population.

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