Over 300 athletes with disabilities compete at Desert Challenge Games in Mesa this week

May 17, 2022, 9:33 AM

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PHOENIX – More than 300 athletes with disabilities from 12 countries are gathering in Mesa this week to compete in the Desert Challenge Games.

“The 2022 Desert Challenge Games is a phenomenal opportunity for adaptive athletes to experience competition on an international level while being exposed to sports they may not have tried in the past,” Rhonda Carlson, executive director of Arizona Disabled Sports, said in a press release.

“We look forward to welcoming athletes of all ages and abilities to our area and appreciate the opportunity to play a role in their adaptive sports journey.”

The Mesa Parks and Recreation Department partners with Arizona Disabled Sports to host the Desert Challenge Games, which is in its 31st year.

The 2022 event, which runs Wednesday-Sunday, consists of air pistol and rifle, archery, swimming, and track and field competitions.

The World Para Athletics-sanctioned track and field competition will take place at Mesa Community College, as will the archery action.

The Kino Aquatic Center will host the swimming competition, while the Broadway Recreation Center is the air pistol and rifle venue.

There will also be clinics for adaptive air pistol and rifle, powerlifting and sit volleyball.

More information is available at the Desert Challenge Games website.

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Over 300 athletes with disabilities compete at Desert Challenge Games in Mesa this week