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Dairyland Games expand in 2017 to include 2 more sports

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MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- Competitive athletes will show their skills in Middleton next week at the 2017 Dairyland Games.

The Dairyland Games are the first and only regional event in Wisconsin where athletes with physical and visual disabilities can qualify for the Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals. This is the second year for the event, and it's already grown.

In 2016, the first games took place on one day and only included track and field. This year, the 3-day event will expand to include swimming and archery. Eligible athletes should be between the ages of seven and 22.

Also new this year, organizers will provide an "adult open" for athletes 23 and older. People from all over the Midwest are expected to attend. There will be a wheelchair basketball exhibition game Saturday night.

One of the athletes competing is Ryan Lahey, a 13-year-old from Waunakee. He's a competitive swimmer and talked about what this means to him on Wake Up Wisconsin.

To learn more, sign up an athlete or volunteer for the Dairyland Games 2017, click here.

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