PUBLISHED: 2:47 PM on Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Juneau veteran competes in national wheelchair games
Susan Macaulay, a disabled Air Force veteran from Juneau, competed in the 27th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, held through June 23, in Milwaukee, Wis. With more than 500 athletes from 45 states, Puerto Rico and Great Britain, it is the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world.

All athletes are military veterans who use wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries, certain neurological conditions, orthopedic amputations or other disabilities.

Macaulay, 41, is brain injured. She is currently receiving care at the VA medical facility in Anchorage.

Macaulay is competing in slalom (motorized, hand control), power soccer (hand control), bowling - ramp (hand control) and air guns (para). She is competing in the masters division for those over age 40) and in class V, which is paraplegic-level or amputee classes.

The Games are presented by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America, and are hosted this year by the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and the Wisconsin Chapter of the PVA.

Funded with help from a host of corporations and service organizations, the National Veterans Wheelchair Games are a showcase for the benefit of sports rehabilitative programs, and the remarkable athletic abilities and personal achievements of the nation's disabled veterans.