Injured San Antonio hero to compete in Warrior Games
San Antonio native Petty Officer 1st Class Tyson Schmidt will compete in this year’s Warrior Games. Schmidt joins 250 other seriously wounded, ill and injured service members for the games at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado on June 1-9.
Schmidt, a U.S. Navy Cryptologic Technician, will compete against athletes from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. During the nine days of competition Schmidt will compete in archery, rowing, field and powerlifting.
“Competing at Warrior Games gives me a chance to re-establish myself as a competitor since adapting to my amputation,” explained Schmidt. “It provides me ability to experience the comradery of team sports while representing the Navy and competing alongside fellow shipmates and other service members.”
This year’s Warrior Games will kick off with a sold-out concert featuring Kelly Clarkson.
"Our Navy Wounded Warrior athletes have shown incredible resiliency in their personal roads to recovery,” said Vice Adm. Mary Jackson.
Schmidt was selected for team Navy after the Wounded Warrior Trials back in February. Team Navy includes service members and veterans with upper-body, lower-body, and spinal cord injuries; traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment; serious illnesses; and post-traumatic stress.
These games provide an opportunity for athletes to grow physically, mentally and spiritually from the sportsmanship and camaraderie gained by representing their respective service teams in a friendly and spirited competition. It is an opportunity for athletes to showcase their enduring warrior spirit in the presence of their families and grateful nation.