In terms of skating, my guess is that the majority of skate parks consist of your typical skateboarders, BMX riders and scooters, correct? But what about if you saw a man in a wheelchair hitting the ramps?
I’d like to introduce you to Aaron Fotheringham. He is a 25-year-old man from Las Vegas, Nevada who is paralysed from the waist down and he’s been in a wheelchair since the age of eight!
From an early age, Aaron would watch his older brother ride his BMX at the park until one day he decided to give the ramps a shot in his wheelchair! It was his passion that pushed him to give it a try, and ever since, his desire to skate has kept driving him to achieve his goals.
Now Aaron is a professional extreme wheelchair athlete—which really goes to show, if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything! He uses a customised wheelchair which is lightweight and has four-wheel suspension, therefore allowing Aaron to perform all the tricks you’ll see in his videos..
Back in 2010, Aaron became a part of the Nitro Circus Live tour which toured around Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Europe. Here, Aaron faced a fifty-foot mega ramp with a huge jump at the end. It doesn’t stop there either—due to his specially-made wheelchair, he can perform rail grinds, 180 spins and one wheeled spins.
At the age of 14, Aaron became the first person to successfully perform a backflip in a wheelchair and just four years later, he became the first person to successfully complete a double backflip in a wheelchair!
He’s a truly inspiring athlete who can serve as an excellent role model to anyone out there trying to achieve their dreams. Everything from his mindset to his passion show that anyone can accomplish great things.