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David Cromwell

Shooting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH2

Further personal information

Occupation
Veteran
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up shooting Para sport in 2017. "While participating in the therapeutic recreation programme at Audie L Murphy Veterans Affairs in San Antonio [TX, United States of America] in 2017, I had the opportunity to participate in adaptive sports. I also learned about the many adaptive sports competitions, such as Valor Games, Texas Regional Games, and the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, and quickly developed an interest in adaptive shooting sports."
Why this sport?
"Shooting air rifle makes me feel like a warrior again."

General interest

Other sports
He has competed in archery, bowling and athletics at regional veterans' adaptive sports events in the United States of America. (Instagram profile, 11 Nov 2019)
Impairment
In 1986, at the end of a United States Army tour, he was involved in a car accident while doing security in West Germany. He sustained a spinal cord injury to his C6 and C7 vertebrae, which resulted in incomplete quadriplegia. (Challenged Athletes Foundation Facebook page, 28 Aug 2018)
Other information
MILITARY SERVICE
He served in the United States Army Military Police. "I served as a military policeman doing security, for a tactical missile site overseas, until an injury left me unable to remain in the military and be an asset to my unit." (lpda.team, 01 Jan 2020)

3D PRINTING
He worked with the San Antonio Veterans Affairs Prosthetics Service in Texas, United States of America, to design a grip for his rifle that could be produced using 3D printing technology. "These guys make sure that I'm up and able to do the things that I'm doing. I spent days carving, shaping and fine-tuning a foam block for a grip with a dremel and sandpaper to make it a grip to work properly with my hand. The Prosthetics Service worked with it and added a composite material around the model grip. It's been a little trial-and-error, making adjustments, and it has helped me so much." (blogs.va.gov, 18 Nov 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a treasurer for the Lonestar Para-Athletic Development Academy [LPDA] in San Antonio, TX, United States of America. (lpda.team, 01 Jan 2020)