Petty Officer 2nd Class Courtney Gamache, a machinery technician based out of Norfolk, Virginia, led the Coast Guard’s first women’s rugby team in the Las Vegas Invitational rugby tournament earlier this month. The game is credited for bringing together people of different communities, experience levels and job backgrounds.
After a week of fierce competition, Coast Guard representatives in the 2017 Warrior Games are going home with accolades. The four Coasties played a role on an overall Navy/Coast Guard team, and together they earned many team and individual medals. They competed in archery, cycling, field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming and track.
Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Troha, an intelligence specialist at Coast Guard Cryptologic Unit Texas in San Antonio, does not have the luxury of taking the activities of daily life for granted. But what is remarkable about his story is not the rare genetic disorder that snuck up on him in the middle of his Coast Guard career; instead it is the things he has resolved to do in spite of it.
Troha is competing in five events at the DoD Warrior Games this year as part of the Navy/Coast Guard Team.
As a spectator, there’s really only one way to approach an event like the Warrior Games: humbly. For the uninitiated, Warrior Games is a week of adaptive sports competition for service members and veterans. Whether sustained in combat or brought on through a tragic accident or diagnosis, the athletes competing in the events are all doing so with struggles that make even everyday life more difficult than it once was. Follow along this week for more stories about Coast Guard athletes.
Update: The results are in! Congratulations to Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Ferreira and Lt. Rachel Beckman on a successful finish at the Ironman World Championship. Ferreira completed the Ironman in 10:11:31 and Beckman finished in 10:46:3. The Coast Guard team came in 2nd place in the military category, behind Army. You can see the
Coast Guard 2009 Ironman Championship team members LT Laura Springer and AETCM Michael Ferreira (Photo courtesy of Kent Blankenship) For most of us, 140.6 miles is a long Sunday drive. To LT Laura Springer and AETCM Michael Ferreira it amounts to a grueling one-day competition with temperatures peaking at 105. On October 10 they swam,