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Endeavor Games: Endeavor Games continues to grow, enters 15th year

The Endeavor Games will be Thursday and through Sunday at six sites in Edmond, Oklahoma City and near Arcadia.
by Ed Godfrey Published: June 4, 2014
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“UCO allowed so many bigger and better dreams (for the Endeavor Games),” Shaklee said. “They have the facility and the infrastructure and the support.”

The Olympic and Paralympic Training Center designations for UCO and the Oklahoma River also gave the Endeavor Games a boost. Many athletes now use the Endeavor Games to try and qualify for Paralympic national and international events.

The first contests are Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on the Oklahoma River in Paracanoe.

Swimming returns to the 2014 Endeavor Games with the addition of the new state-of-the-art pool at Edmond’s Mitch Park YMCA.

The last year of swimming in the Endeavor Games was two years ago at UCO’s old pool in Hamilton Fieldhouse. That year, only 15 swimmers competed.

This year, 60 swimmers are entered and it’s the direct result of the new pool with its stadium seating, said Leigha Pemberton, Olympic and Paralympics Training Site Manager at UCO.

“We have a better facility with the right timing equipment, all the right things with having a good competition,” she said. “Hamilton Fieldhouse wasn’t set up for that anymore, not that level of competition.”

Over the years, athletes from 184 cities, 38 states and four countries have participated in the Endeavor Games.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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