“If you change the way you think about your disability, anything is possible.” ~ Aaron Fotheringham
Aaron Fotheringham, a wheelchair athlete, is the first ever person to perform a wheelchair back flip and he calls his activity “WCMX” (Wheelchair Motocross). He performed a double backflip at the age of 14 and mesmerised the audiences by his brilliant skills like 180-degree ‘aerials’, one-wheeled spins and rail grinds.
In the year 2010, Aaron joined the Nitro Circus Live tour which is a popular action sports road show and has been on tours to Australia, Europe, New Zealand and the United States. On February 9, 2011, he amazed the entire sports zone in New Zealand by his unbelievable fifty-foot ramp-to-ramp jump doing backflips and also attempted the double backflip. And also achieved the national achievement in 2005 Vegas Am Jam BMX.
That has allowed him to be recognised as an extreme wheelchair athlete who has retained millions of admirers and well-wishers. Besides appearing on several television shows including ‘Secret Millionaire’, Aaron also worked for Kevin McHale’s character, Artie Abrams as a stunt double in 2009.
All these started at a young age when one day while watching his brother riding his BMX at the skate park, his brother out of a sudden told him, “It’d be really cool if you dropped in on your wheelchair, do you want to try it?” He did it after multiple falls and became hooked at it. That hook continues till today and made an inspiration performing amazing and breath-taking advanced tricks on the wheelchair. But do you know that he had a disability named spina bifida (birth defect in which there is incomplete closing of the membranes around the spinal cord during early development in pregnancy). Because of his successful career and professional life, he never gets worried for his disability. #wheelchair #athelete #BMX #WCMX #spinabifida #stunts #aaronfotheringham