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Wheelz Fotheringham – what a lad!

We like to bring inspirational tales to you, tales that make you take a step back and think “whoa, life’s not bad after all!” when you think that life’s just not fair… but there’s always someone out there who makes you feel ashamed of petty whinging and this time it’s Aaron Fotheringham, 20-years old – aka ‘Wheelz’, moto-cross athlete from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Aaron ‘Wheelz’ Fotheringham

Wheelz has obtained a cult following globally for his antics with the Nitro Circus Live Tour after successfully landing 40ft Backflips, Double Backflips and Front-flips in the past six months… most people wouldn’t be able to do that on a bmx let alone a wheelchair.

He is one of the most inspirational athletes in the entire action-sports industry; he hasn’t let spina bifida dictate his lot in life and has taken his custom-built wheelchair to places they’ve never been before, including skateparks, BMX parks and of course, the Giganta-Ramp.  In 2005, he perfected a mid air 180-degree turn. Then on July 13th, 2006, he landed the first wheelchair back flip. Four years later, he landed the first ever double back flip (August 26, 2010). Since then, he has gone on to perform it live while touring with the Nitro Circus. As if this is not enough, on February 9th, 2011, he landed his very first front flip in New Zealand.

Wheelz wants to change the world’s perception of people in wheelchairs. Someday he hopes to design “the most wicked” chair in the world…

And if that’s not a lesson on how to beat diversity I don’t know what is!

photo courtesy of Aaron Fotheringham

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