May 15, 2021

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The Tactical Games Athlete Spotlight

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The Tactical Games were created to provide a platform to test the skills and readiness of tactical athletes from all backgrounds. Whether you are military, LEO, competition shooter, or a civilian gun enthusiast you can compete in The Tactical Games.

The Tactical games provides a venue for all shooters and athletes to compete against the best in the world to find weaknesses and test gear in the most stressful environment a competition can offer.

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The Tactical Games Athlete Spotlight

Bruce Roberts (@coach_brucimus)

I am a career Army Officer. I am retiring this spring as a Lieutenant Colonel after nearly 28 years of service in the active component, the Guard, and the Reserve. I’ve done lots of different jobs in the Army: Infantry, Military Intelligence, and Logistics. I spent about 10 years in the special operations community which afforded me the opportunity to do some high speed weapons training, become a special operations jumpmaster, and command the support battalion- which was really a highlight.

I have shot in competitions off and on over the years, some 3-gun, IDPA, and Cowboy Action, but was never committed or interested enough in the format to be competitive. I always wished there was more movement in shooting sports, until I heard about The Tactical Games.

Last year (2020) some friends of mine from the Utah National Guard Shooting team (@kirkholmer and @robinhncox) let me know The Tactical Games (TTG) were coming to Utah and encouraged me to compete. I had an absolute blast and met so many really great, like-minded people. I finished 4th in the Masters and all that did was light a fire because I knew I could do better. I competed at Nationals where I finished 4th as well. It was really an awesome experience competing with and against such a talented field.

After not competing in anything for a few years the TTG has given me something to train for again and I am loving it. I plan to compete 3-4 times this year, starting on my home turf in Price, UT. I live in American Fork, Utah, with my amazing wife and two young boys- who I am training to be future TTG athletes.

The Tactical Games Athlete Spotlight – Valerie Smith (@glockrn77)

My first Tactical Games competition was February 2019, followed by competing February 2020, and (due to an injury) volunteering February 2021.

I am probably not what people think of when they hear about The Tactical Games (TTG) because I have no military, law enforcement, or pro shooter background.
What I do have is 44 years of life experience. I am a wife, a mother, a nurse, a full time student, a part-time firearms instructor, and a survivor of childhood abuse and domestic violence.

In The TTG, you don’t get the luxury of knowing every detail of each battle (kinda like life). TTG presented some of my biggest fears (heights, failure, and small spaces), but instead of letting my fears hold me back I decided to face them head on and do my best to conquer them and I did just that!

The Tactical Games will test and push you physically and mentally, but at the end of it all looking back on what you overcome and are truly capable of is a reward like no other.

The people of The Tactical Games are a different breed.
We battle side by side and encourage our competitors to never give up, to make it to the finish line. We give advice, loan equipment, and literally pull each other out of the mud, even if it means they end up beating us. Why? Because we don’t leave people behind, it’s the right thing to do, and that’s just who we are.

I will forever cherish the sport and the people who welcomed me, pushed me, challenged me, encouraged me, and forever changed me along the way.

If you have been following and wondering if you could compete in The Tactical Games but are worried you’re not Tactical enough, strong enough, or whatever excuse you keep telling yourself. All I can say is you will always regret the things you wanted to do but never had the guts to try.

The Tactical Games Athlete Spotlight – Jay Bass (@bird_dog_1)

“I’m not your typical tactical games athlete. I don’t have a military or L/E background. I’ve never been to a CrossFit gym. The tactical games is my first pistol let alone physical competition since high school. But I do like to compete.

I heard about the tactical games from a good friend. He said I think this is right in your wheelhouse. I then watched all the videos I could find and started training. I entered my first event at TRC in ‘19 in the elite division. In hindsight, I don’t recommend this when your 49 years old, but I made it and finished in the middle of the pack. I was hooked and from that point on I’ve competed at 7 events and about that many skirmishes. I compete now in the masters division and it’s just as hard (scaled version of Elite). The difference is now we all have the same things that hurt.

My biggest takeaway is you can push yourself further than you thought was possible. Don’t quit, just keep pushing even if you have a malfunction, work through it.

I’m a pretty introverted person by nature but you wouldn’t know it at the games. It has taken most of my life but I think I have found my tribe.”

The Tactical Games Athlete Spotlight

Jacob Horton (@jhorton55)

I have been a police officer in North Carolina for just over eight years now. I am highly competitive and have always enjoyed competing through football, wrestling, and now The Tactical Games and jiu jitsu.

I was severely overweight for the majority of my life until recent years. I began my life changing journey after reading @davidgoggins book, “Can’t Hurt Me.” Shortly after reading the book, I heard about The Tactical Games and it provided me with a goal to push myself beyond my perceived limits. I am now about 80 pounds down from my heaviest weight and train year round to develop my fitness and shooting abilities. The Tactical Games has given me a platform to test these skills that not only makes me a better competitor, but also a better police officer.

The best part about this sport is the people in it. I can not say enough positive things about The Tactical Games community. I have seen competitors help each other out and encourage each other more than I have ever seen in any other sport. Contrary to popular belief there are no big egos here and everyone is welcome.

I’d like to thank my wife for constantly putting up with my crazy schedule and training regime. I also want to thank the competitors in the men’s elite division for constantly pushing the standards higher!

Tes Salb is no stranger to fitness or firearms, having received her start in shooting through the sport of Modern Pentathlon (running, swimming, shooting, fencing, horseback riding) at the age of 12. She competed in the US Olympic Festival at the age of 15 and in 1996, was introduced to the US Olympic Shooting Program where she qualified for the US National Team in Pistol. During her 12 years on the US National Team Salb earned a berth on the 1998 US World Championship Shooting Team in Barcelona, Spain, she competed in 5 World Cups, represented the University of Notre Dame in the NRA Intercollegiate National Pistol Championships earning podium finishes and two First-Team All-Americans, and qualified for the 2000 US Olympic Trials. She has since picked up 3-gun, USPSA, and shotgun sports recreationally and has used her experience to help others enhance their shooting skills for recreation and competitive shooting.

Salb continued her multi-sport training and competitions through triathlons–completing Ironman USA in 2005–and CrossFit where she traveled the country coaching athletes in competitive performance and injury prevention for 13 years. She also founded and ran one of the largest CrossFit Endurance teams in Northern Virginia.

Salb graduated with a BBA in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame and has been working in the firearms industry for 20 years. She is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications for HIVIZ Shooting Systems.

She joins the Tactical Games University staff with two competitive years of Tactical Games under her belt including seven appearances and seven podium finishes (5x1st, 1x2nd, 1x3rd) including the National Championships.

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