Believe It or Not!
Backflips in a wheelchair? Why not?
It’s a simple question that wheelchair stuntman, Aaron Fotheringham has no problem answering and proving to the world. At only 20 years old, he’s established himself as a world-renowned extreme wheelchair athlete.
Man and Wheels Come Together
Fotheringham has Spina Bifida; he has used a wheelchair since the age of three and although he used crutches early on, he has been a wheelchair user fulltime since the age of eight.
Aaron never let anything stop him. Even as a baby and small child, he did anything anyone else his age could do; he just had to figure out how to make it work for him. He would watch his brother riding his BMX at the skate park, and one day his brother told him that he should try riding his chair in the park. Aaron later noted that “I did, and I was hooked.”
It’s “Hard-Core Sitting”
With a motocross helmet, elbows pads and a seat belt, Aaron spent as much as 30 hours a week at skate parks across Las Vegas, earning the nickname that has stayed with him to this day: Wheels.
In 2010 Aaron joined the Nitro Circus Live tour, an action sports road show that tours Australia, New Zealand and the United States. On the tour Aaron performed on a fifty-foot ramp-to-ramp jump doing backflips, double backflips and on February 9th, 2011 in New Zealand, the world’s first wheelchair frontflip! Someday he hopes to design “the most wicked” chair in the world.
Aaron has a passion for what he does, not only is it a lot of fun, but he wants to change the world’s perception of people in wheelchairs, as well as helping everyone see his/her own challenges in a new way.