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Get to Know Our #TeamWSF Paralympians

The Paralympic Games are upon us with a promise to be bigger and better than ever with unprecedented coverage by NBC and more athletes competing than ever before. As you prepare your viewing schedule, be sure to look out for Women’s Sports Foundation #TeamWSF athletes.

Members of #TeamWSF include our leadership and Travel & Training Fund grant recipients. Throughout the Games we will feature these incredible women across our social and digital channels, so be sure to follow along as these talented women go for gold!

Introducing #TeamWSF:

A multi-sport phenom, Alana Nichols is competing for the United States as a member of the Paracanoe Team. From Farmington, N.M., Alana is a member of the WSF Board of Trustees. She became the first female American athlete to win gold medals in both the summer and winter Paralympic Games for wheelchair basketball and alpine skiing.

Follow her journey on Twitter @alananichols21

A 2015 Paracanoe World Championships Team Member, Ann Yoshida is making her first Paralympics appearance in Rio as part of the U.S. Canoe/Kayak Team. Ann is the first adaptive paddler on Team USA’s Canoe/Kayak Team from Hawaii, where outrigger canoeing has significant roots and developed into a competitive sport for adaptive paddlers. Ann is also a WSF Travel & Training Fund recipient.

Follow her journey on Twitter @USACanoeKayak

Desiree Miller is heading to Rio as a part of the U.S. Paralympic Women’s Basketball Team. Desiree is from Monroe, Wash. and is a 2016 recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. She is working towards a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. This will be her second Paralympic appearance following participation in the London 2012 Games.

Follow her journey on Twitter @desireelmiller9

Ivonne Mosquera-Schmidt is Rio bound as a member of the U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Team. She hails from New York, N.Y and is a recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. She is a three time cancer survivor and holds the American record in the 1500m, 3000m, and 5000m distances.

Follow her journey on Twitter @IvonneInMotion

Jennifer Poist is heading to Rio as a part of the U.S. Paralympic Basketball Team. She is from McSherrystown, Pa. and is a recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. She is pursuing a doctorate degree in pharmacy at the University of Arizona. Jennifer started playing wheelchair basketball as a freshman in high school and this will be her second Paralympic appearance after London 2012.

Follow her journey on Twitter @NWBA

Jennifer Sichel is competing for the U.S. as a member of the Paralympic Rowing Team. She is from Clifton, N.J. and is a 2016 Travel & Training Fund recipient. She began rowing in college and graduated with a degree in Mathematics. Jennifer has four international appearances and two silver medals from the 2014 and 2015 World Rowing Championships under her belt and is looking forward to her first Paralympic appearance.

Follow her journey on Twitter @jsichrockin

Katie Holloway Schmidt is a member of the U.S. Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Team. She is from Lake Stevens, Wash. and received a Travel & Training Fund grant as an individual in 2015. She is a two-time Paralympic silver medalist and in 2012 was voted USA Volleyball’s Best Female Player of the Year in Sitting Discipline.

Follow her journey on Twitter @ksholloway

Headed to her second Paralympic Games, Mallory Weggemann will compete in swimming. She is from Eagan, Minn. and received a Travel & Training Fund grant from the Women’s Sports Foundation. She holds 15 world records, 34 American records and won a 2011 ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete with a Disability.Follow her journey on Twitter @ksholloway

Follow her journey on Twitter @malloryweggeman

Marybai Huking is making her first Paralympic appearance as a member of the U.S. Goalball Team. She is from Plain City, Utah, and is a 2016 recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. She was adopted from China at the age of two and now at age 19 is the youngest member of the Women’s National Goalball Team.

Follow her journey on Twitter @MarybaiHuking

Michelle Konkoly is competing for the U.S. as a member of the Paralympic Swimming Team. She is from Eagleville, Pa. and is a recipient of the Travel & Training Fund. Formerly a NCAA-DI swimmer, Michelle suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury but she would not give up on the sport she loves. She began Paralympic Swimming in 2012 and has since received numerous awards, as well as plans to attend medical school.

Follow her journey on Twitter @michellekonkoly

A two-time Paralympian, Rebecca Hart is headed to Rio to compete for the U.S. as a member of the Paralympic Equestrian Team. She is from Erie, Pa. and is a Travel & Training Fund grantee. Rebecca graduated from the University of Florida and is a five-time National Champion.

Follow her journey on Twitter @USEquestrian

A competitive Paralympic track sprinter, Scout Bassett is excited to be headed to Rio to compete for Team USA. Adopted at the age of seven from China, Scout is a graduate of UCLA and now resides in Harbor Springs, Mich. Scout is a WSF Travel & Training Fund recipient, a three-time U.S. champion in the 100m sprint and a four-time ITU Paratriathlon World Championships medalist.

Follow her journey on Twitter @ScoutBassett

Sydney Collier is competing for the U.S. as a member of the Paralympic Equestrian Team. She is from Ann Arbor, Mich. and is a Travel & Training Fund grantee. At the age of seven Sydney fell in love with riding while simultaneously being diagnosed with Wyburn-Mason, but she did not give up on riding. She will represent the United States on the Paralympic Dressage Team in Rio.

Follow her journey on Twitter @sydsparaquest

Tammy Delano is heading to Rio as a part of the U.S. Paralympic Shooting Team. She is from Rome, N.Y. and is a 2016 Travel & Training Fund recipient. Born with spina bifida, Tammy was introduced to target shooting in 2009 and has been travelling the world with much success ever since.

Follow her journey on Twitter @delano4usa

The USA Volleyball Women’s National Sitting Team is looking to improve upon their back-to-back silver medal wins at Beijing 2008 and London 2012. They are 2016 recipients of the Travel & Training Fund and currently sit at No. 2 in the world rankings. The USA Women’s National Sitting Volleyball Team has claimed a medal in every Paralympic Games appearance since its establishment in 2003.

Follow their journey on Twitter @USParalympicWVB