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Desert Challenge Games selected as U.S. representative in IPC Grand Prix
By: Lily King-Cisneros
12/10/13 3:28 PM

December 10, 2013
Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities
Contact: Lily King-Cisneros
Tel. 480-644-4119
Lily.King-Cisneros@mesaaz.gov 
 
 
 
 
 
Mesa, AZ – The Desert Challenge Games, an annual track and field event for athletes with physical disabilities was selected by the International Paralympic Committee as the only U.S. representative in the 2014 Grand Prix event. The IPC Grand Prix will visit nine countries on four different continents starting in Feb. 2014.
 
“It’s a great honor to be the only U.S. representative for the IPC Grand Prix,” Arizona Disabled Sports Executive Director, Lane Gram said.  “Last year was our first year being awarded this prestigious title for The Games and we know it wouldn’t have been successful without our athletes, coaches and partners in our community.”
 
The IPC Grand Prix is a three-day competition and will be held across the world in the following countries.
 
February 23-25: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
April 14-16:  Beijing, China
April 24-16:  Sao Paulo, Brazil
May 9-11:     Arizona, USA
May 16-18:   Nottwil, Switzerland
May 30-June 1: Grosseto, Italy
June 20-22:  Berlin, Germany
June 16-18:  Tunis, Tunisia  
With the IPC Athletics Grand Prix Finale in Birmingham, Great Britian on August 25.   
 
Ed Warner, Chair of the IPC Athletics Sport Technical Committee said, “This announcement is a direct result of developments secured during the trial Grand Prix events in 2013 and shows the huge growth in athletics in a very short period of time.  By working closely with existing event organisers, we aim to improve standards across the board and, most importantly, provide a strong and structured competition pathway on the road to Rio 2016.”
 
The 2013 Grand Prix series saw a total of 1,037 athletes from 69 countries set a total of 10 world records as they prepared for the World Championships in July.  Here at home, The Desert Challenge Games saw more than 200 athletes compete from four different countries.  Athletes competed in the areas of archery, swimming and track and field.
 
To learn more about The Desert Challenge Games visit them online at: www.desertchallengegames.com.   Or to learn more about the IPC Grand Prix visit them online at: www.Paralympic.org/Athletics
 
 
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About IPC
 
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement, and also acts as the International Federation for nine sports, including athletics.
The sport is governed by the IPC and co-ordinated by the IPC Athletics Sports Technical Committee, offering a wide range of competitions and events for male and female athletes in all impairment groups.
 
About Arizona Disabled Sports
AZDS is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing sports and recreation opportunities for individuals with all types of disability. The Association provides year round sports training and competition through our Team Mesa adaptive programs for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

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