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Laurel's Catala wins silver and bronze at wheelchair games

Laurel's Catala wins silver and bronze at wheelchair games

Ventura Catala, 53, began competing in archery as a 12-year-old growing up in New York, and he later threw the javelin and shot at high school in Queens.

In 1984, Catala suffered a spinal cord injury on a training jump with the 82nd Airborne in the Mojave Desert, and was in a body cast for 18 months, then began using a wheelchair.

Now, the Laurel resident and Army veteran is again competing in archery and field events such as the javelin and shot put.

Catala won a silver medal in the air gun and took a bronze in the javelin and discus at the 33rd annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Tampa, Fla., held July 13 to 18.

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