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Wheelchair teen in record-breaking backflip

Wheelchair teen in record-breaking
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Performing incredible stunts comes so easily to Aaron 'Wheels' Fotheringham he can claim world records sitting down.

The fearless teenager has flown into the Guinness World Records Book by bec­oming the first person to pull off a backflip in a wheelchair.

'It feels awesome to have the record,' said Aaron after completing the trick in Nevada.

Everyone thinks “oh, you're disabled, that's such a terrible thing”, but I think it's positive. It's like being able to carry your skateboard everywhere with you,' he added.

'People don't realise how much can be done in a chair.'
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The spina bifida sufferer has used a wheelchair since he was three and began trying stunts aged nine when elder brother Brian suggested he have a go at their Las Vegas skate park.

The 16-year-old, who uses an adapted wheelchair with a 'grind bar' for rail stunts, has gone on to inv­ent 'hardcore sitting' and tours the world performing stunts taken from skateboard and BMX bike tricks.

Something of a cult hero, he is now teaching a four-year-old called Zachary how to go for a hair-raising ride.
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Aaron says he first performed a backflip in 2006 but only gained the official record last month. Now he wants to make his record of six back flips in a row an official one.

'I'm going to nail that sometime in the future,' Aaron said.


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