By Wesley Coburn - ONN
For Trevor Coburn, 14, attending the 18th annual UCO Endeavor Games in Edmond at the University of Central Oklahoma this past weekend was an “incredible experience.”
He won archery gold on Friday morning using equipment provided by Pat’s Archery in the Youth Outdoor Open
Compound division with a two-round score of 261 points, overcoming a fierce amount of wind.
Coburn is a homeschooled freshman from Beggs, and a member of the Okmulgee County Sharks. Also representing the Sharks was 8-year-old Savannah Sturdivan.
The Endeavor Games Series of competitions is a stepping stone to the Paralympics, which are hosted about a month after the Olympics conclude in the same city. According to their website, the goal is to “provide those with physical disabilities an opportunity to display their talents in a proper and competitive setting against individuals with similar disabilities.” Besides the UCO games in Edmond each June, there is also the Turnstone Endeavor Games each April in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with more events likely to be added in the future.
There were ten events in total: indoor and outdoor archery, cycling, powerlifting, air rifle shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, track and field, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair softball.
Event locations included Cheyenne Middle School, Santa Fe High School, UCO’s Hamilton Field House, the UCO Wellness Center and the Mitch Park YMCA.
Coburn also competed in sitting volleyball, where his team took fourth place, just missing the bronze medal by two points, in addition to the 20-meter air rifle shooting, which he was runner-up in last year. Sturdivan competed in air rifle shooting as well.