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New York Athletes Bring Home Medals

Veterans shake hands during competition

Good fun and good sportsmanship were shared by all.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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
Jake Hipps Basketball 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
Theresa Hannigan Handcycling 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
Jake Hipps Handcycling 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


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