Yesterday, Great Britain’s AJ Pingram added a gold and silver to his medal haul at the 2015 US Air Force Warrior Games Trials currently taking place at the Nellis Air Force Bace in Nevada. On Monday, he added a bronze. He won gold in wheelchair discus, silver in shot put and won a bronze in archery. These medals are on top of the silver he won with Great Britain’s team in the wheelchair basketball event earlier at the competition.
He had a throw of 65.8 feet in the discuss, and a throw of 22.6 feet in the shot put. Both sports were new to his competitive sporting career as he had never participated in them prior to going to Las Vegas. His archery bronze came after only having also only trying it for the first time last Thursday at the competition. He qualified into the final on Monday after scoring 239 out of 300 in the preliminaries on Sunday.
Pingram has previously represented Great Britain at the elite level, playing for Britain’s gold medal winning wheelchair basketball team at the 2014 Invictus Games. He tried out after being encouraged by others, after originally only planning to attend the competition as a spectator. In 2014, he won the Disability Sports Award and Denbighshire Sports Ambassador. He is currently working on making and staying on the Great Britain men’s national wheelchair basketball team in order to compete at the 2016 Summer Paralympics. In Nevada, he will be representing his country in several sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, shooting, archery and athletics.
On a club level, Pingram plays wheelchair basketball for the Cheshire Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball Club. Phoenix WBC Head Coach Anna Jackson was quoted by the team of Pingram’s selection as saying, “We are all incredibly proud of AJ, he truly shows that with determination and hard work you can achieve more than you would ever have dreamed of. He has not let his disability get in the way and is a real inspiration to others showing that anything is possible if you just put your mind to it.”
The 2015 US Air Force Warrior Games Trials is scheduled to conclude on Friday.