With the 2015 US Air Force Warrior Games Trials scheduled to get underway tomorrow at the Nellis Air Force Bace in Nevada, AJ Pingram and the rest of 20 member strong Team GB have arrived in the state for registration that is currently underway. The competition runs until March 6.
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.”