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Two Arizona Athletes Headed To The 2011 International Paralympic World Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, announced the roster for Team USA for the 2011 International Paralympic World Championships. Two athletes who race wheelchairs from Arizona will be a part of the contingency traveling to Christchurch, New Zealand to compete in January.

Shirley Reilly, age 24 attends the University of Arizona in Tucson, and  Erik Hightower, age 23  is from Glendale, Arizona.  Both were members of the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Team in Beijing, China.  Shirley competes in long-distance races while Erik is one of the top-ranked 100meter sprinters.

Shirley Riley    (C) 2010 Loren Worthington

Shirley Riley Photo (c) 2010 Loren Worthington

Eric Hightower Photo (c) 2010 Loren Worthington

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  1. Hi,

    I am a parapalegic and just relocated to the Mesa area here in Arizona. I am very much interested in getting back into the wheelchair racing. I dont’ currently own my own racing wheelchair and many of the events I have done have been loaned to me. I am looking for information on how I can obtain a racing chair and participate in events for charity here in Arizona as well as accross the states. I am 39 years old and phycically fit and do push 5-10 miles a day and work out. If there is anyone that can help me with my goals please let me know.

    Thank you


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