Las Vegas, USA
Aaron was born with Spina Bifida, a spinal cord birth defect which meant that he could not use his legs. Aaron Fotheringham (born November 8, 1991) is an extraordinary wheelchair athlete doing skateboarding and BMX-adapted tricks.
Aaron participated and won a few BMX Freestyle tournaments at the beginning of his career, including the famous 2005 Vegas AmJam BMX Finals.
Aaron has pushed himself over the years to perform even harder stunts. He had mastered a 180-degree mid-turn in 2005. He then performed the first wheelchair backflip on 13 July 2006. Four years on, he did his first ever double backflip at a camp in Woodward (26 Aug. 2010).
He has continued to appear live on stage with the Nitro Circus ever since. As if this were not enough, he landed his very first front flip in New Zealand on February 9th, 2011, and on August 25th, 2012, he surprised Brazilians by jumping and successfully completing a 50-ft distance off the Mega Ramp in his chair. He is a four-WCMX World Championship champion and also performed the first Wheelchair Flair / backflip 180.
Life has changed for Aaron after uploading his first ever backflip on the Internet; he’s had the opportunity to travel internationally, both performing and speaking. As a teacher / instructor he attended summer camps for children with disabilities. He has been published in magazines, newspapers and sports media, and of course, from all over the world he collects and responds to e-mails.
Aaron is passionate about what he do. It’s not just a lot of fun, but he hopes to transform the perception of people in wheelchairs globally and make others see their own challenges in a different way.