Arizona paralympians honored at ‘Return from Rio Breakfast’

Allysa Seely, paratriathlon gold medalist at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, two-time world champion and 15-time World Cup medalist, will keynote the Return From Rio Breakfast, Friday, Oct. 21 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, 5031 E. Washington St.

seely-1The event, presented by the Arizona Community Foundation’s Jerry Colangelo Center for Sports Philanthropy and Ability360, will recognize and celebrate athletes from Arizona and elsewhere who joined Ms. Seely on Team USA, including long jumper Trenten Merrill from San Juan Capistrano, Calif. and three-time paralympian wheelchair tennis player Kaitlyn Verfuerth from Flagstaff, among others.

There is no charge, but advance registration is required.

“Return From Rio” sets the stage for the fourth annual Duel in the Desert, a two-day adaptive sports tournament presented by Lovitt & Touché featuring top teams and champion athletes from across the nation in wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, power soccer, stand-up amputee basketball and wheelchair lacrosse.

Tournament action begins 10 a.m. Friday in a round robin format.  Champions in each event will be determined on Saturday.

There is no charge to attend Duel in the Desert.  In addition to the games, food trucks and entertainment featuring Wandering Donkey and The Panini People are scheduled.

Ms. Seely’s paratriathlon competition included swimming (750 meters), cycling (20 kilometers) and running (5 kilometers).  Previously, she won paratriathlon championships at the 2016 World Championships and the 2016 CanAm Games.  She is a seven-time international medalist who holds the 200-meter American record and the 400-meter Pan American record.

For more information and to register for the Return to Rio Breakfast, visit

For more information about Ability360, visit  For more information about the Jerry Colangelo Center for Sports Philanthropy at Arizona Community Foundation, visit

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