He swam in his hometown of Barstow until he was 12 years old even competing in the Southern California Junior Olympics when he was 11 but then the city only pool shut down. With no pool at his high school, either, Heldreth switched to cross country and gym workouts.
A year and a half later, Heldreth returned to active duty with a diving prosthetic that provides buoyancy so he can do construction work under water while maintaining his balance.
can have anywhere from 10 to 13 people, and when there only 10 and I leave, that 10 percent of the detachment, he said. Ghd Hair Straightener tough. now he ready for the competition.
Heldreth missed the first camp he was deployed overseas at the time and participated only in one day of the second camp because he got the flu.
His younger brother was a student at UC San Diego and had an apartment that became home base for visiting friends and family, including their mother, Robbie Willets, who moved in for four months while her son recuperated.
Heldreth is a member of Underwater Construction Team 2, based in Port Hueneme. As a diver, his No. 1 sport is swimming, but that wasn always the case.
not like anything got harder, I just had to learn different ways to do things, he said. it takes a bit to figure out how to get something done the best body position, the best angle. I had to relearn some things. lives in Oxnard with Crystal Brewer, whom he met just before the 2008 accident. She visited him in the hospital, and when he was released, the two traveled to Costa Rica. They been together ever since.
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has some big shoes to fill, Wilson said. his physical prowess, his attitude, his unwillingness to settle for anything but excellence this quiet kid is going to pass everyone up. be named Ultimate Champion, Heldreth must accumulate the most points combined in the five events. He also has the chance to medal in each one.
NBVC Seabee Aaron Heldreth competes to be Ultimate Champion at Warrior Games
Navy lead organization that assists seriously wounded, ill or injured Navy or Coast Guard personnel.
About 200 service members from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard who were seriously wounded, ill or injured are participating in the Warrior Games, a Paralympics style competition. Opening ceremonies were Monday and closing ceremonies will be held Saturday.
we lost Mike, I called Aaron and asked how he was feeling. He said he was doing well, and I asked him how he felt about taking on three extra sports. He said it was a lot to train for, but he told me that when he does something, he does it 100 percent, and that all I needed to hear. recently visited Naval Base Ventura County to coordinate the packing and shipping of all equipment used by the Navy and Coast Guard Wounded Warriors during their training camps in February and December at the base.
He was 17 when he enlisted, hoping to become a Navy SEAL. But unbeknown to him, he was partially colorblind, so he became a Seabee instead.
vying for Ultimate Champion the military top pentathlete during the Warrior Games this week in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Last year, a Navy athlete was named Ultimate Champion. do our darndest to repeat that, Wilson said.
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didn know anything about the Seabees, and after everyone started telling me about them, I realized it sounded awesome, he said. got lucky. Oct. 13, 2008, Heldreth was involved in an automobile accident in San Diego that would eventually result in the loss of his left leg below the knee. For more than a year, he was in and out of Naval Medical Center San Diego, undergoing amputations and surgeries to reconstruct his left knee.
Now, Heldreth will try for the pentathlon cycling, swimming, 100 meter dash, shot put and rifle shooting along with John C. Edmonston, a former Navy lieutenant.
Training for the Warrior Games has been a challenge because Heldreth detachment is so small.
am here at the Warrior Games to help Team Navy Coast Guard as much as I can, he said. hope to inspire others both wounded warriors and spectators to live up to their full potential.
Heldreth, 25, had planned to compete only in swimming, wheelchair basketball and track and field events. But a few weeks ago, Michael Johnston, a former Navy parachute rigger third class, was deemed ineligible for the Ultimate Champion event because he had competed in the World Paratriathlon Championships in 2010.
didn swim again until I joined the Navy, he said.
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