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Posted By Frontdoors News on November 2, 2016
Allysa Seely’s road to a gold medal didn’t follow a straight path. Not by any stretch of the imagination. A pretty good athlete from an early age, she earned a national triathlon ranking in her age group. And then came the 2010 neurological disorder diagnosis that turned her life upside down.
“They told me I’d be lucky if I walked again,” Allysa told a crowd of more than 125 people at the Return From Rio Breakfast, presented by the Arizona Community Foundation’s Jerry Colangelo Center for Sports Philanthropy and Ability360 on Oct. 21 at Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center.
Allysa’s story of perseverance, strength and determination underscored her keynote address at the event that celebrated and recognized athletes from Arizona and elsewhere who joined Seely on Team USA at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Among them were long jumper Trenten Merrill from San Juan Capistrano, Calif. and three-time paralympian wheelchair tennis player Kaitlyn Verfuerth from Flagstaff.”