27 Sep Should disabilty inhibit your ambitions?
Should disabilty inhibit your ambitions?
In many cases, the answer is “Only if you let it!” Take a look at what some younger disabled people are getting up to – awe inspiring.
(Courtesy of the BBC website)
Thirteen year-old Lily Rice, from Pembrokeshire, is thought to be the first European female to perform a backflip in a wheelchair.
Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham is 22 and from Las Vegas, Nevada. Born with spina bifida, Aaron was adopted into a family of six children and used a wheelchair from an early age.
Wheelz went to his first skate park aged eight with his older brother and after watching from behind the fence, his brother challenged him to drop into the bowl himself. He gave it a go, landed on his face but was hooked from that moment.
Now Wheelz is the only person to land a double back flip in a wheelchair and is continually pushing himself to see what tricks he can do next.
“Fear is definitely a huge part of it” says Wheelz. ” It’s more than just regular fear, it’s ‘I’m going to die’.”
And for the would be surfers.
Surfers with disabilities came from across the world to take part in the first English Adaptive Surfing Open.
Competitors took to the waves sitting, standing, prone and assisted for the contest, which saw 21 surfers head into the sea at Watergate Bay in Newquay.