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East Texas Wheelchair Games Competitors Take A Shot At Trap Shooting

It's an event that takes concentration, good eye sight and above all patience.   Trap shooting, or clay shooting is usually done standing up, but this afternoon a group of East Texans who participated in the annual East Texas Wheelchair Games, took a shot at the sport from their wheelchairs.

For some people, shooting a moving object in the air is a piece of cake, but for others, it's just going to take a little time.

"It might not come at first, and sometimes you get a little discouraged, but if you keep on working at it, it's just like anything else, if it's worth having, it's worth working at it," said Jim Sifers, Shooting Coordinator for Lone Star Paralyzed Veterans of America. Friday afternoon, a group of people from the Lone Star Paralyzed Veterans of America, were determined to give it their all.

"The Paralyzed Veterans of America, they are about ability and not disability, and our main mindset is get people out," said Sifers. "We don't want you sitting in and thinking you can't do something. You can do about anything."  

"Just do your very best," said Jerry Bruam, competitor.  "Can't is not in your vocabulary. I'll try, try is the big word in your vocabulary." Trap shooting is not all Jerry Bruam and her husband, Bill do.  They hunt, snow ski and participate in track and field events to, just name a few.

"If you stay by yourself it's going to be worse because then your mind gets affected," said Bruam. 

"Just keep active," said Bill Bruam, competitor. "There is nothing you can't do if you want to do it.  You just have to figure out how to do it." The 9th Annual East Texas Wheelchair Games continue Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. with bowling at Green Acres in Tyler. At 1:00 p.m. the track and field events take place. They're being held at Rose Stadium in Tyler.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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