Aaron Fotheringham & Colours Wheelchair team up for the X Games 14

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Aaron Fotheringham the first person to successfully perform a back flip in a wheelchair doing exhibition at X Games 14.

I did, and I was hooked.

Aaron Fotheringham, 17 years old, is the newest discipline in action sports. He will be performing an exhibition called Skateboard Super Park Adaptive Jam at X Games 14 at the Home Deport Center soccer field on August 1, 2008 from 3:30 pm to 3:45 pm.

This is the first time the X Games has featured disabled extreme athletes at their event. There will be 17 disabled athletes: 9 skateboarders and 8 Moto X riders. Fotheringham is the only disabled skateboard athlete that performs his tricks from his wheelchair.

Fotheringham has Spina Bifida; he has used a wheelchair since the age of three and although he used crutches early on, he has been in a wheelchair fulltime since the age of eight. Fotheringham is the first person to do a back flip in a wheelchair and is planning on doing one at the X Games. 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 skate park. Fotheringham later noted "I did, and I was hooked."

He has been a sponsored athlete with Colours Wheelchairs since the age of 14. Aaron got a new wheelchair, a Colours Boing which is both lightweight and features a four wheeled independent suspension chair. Aaron has been working closely with Colours Wheelchair to develop wheelchairs that will allow him to do things unimaginable before. This enables him to perform the same sorts of tricks that skateboarders and BMXers can do because the suspension cushions his landings.

Aaron is clearly a pioneer in the wheelchair sports world.... John Box says, "we are hearing people talk about this amazing kid doing tricks in a wheelchair. And people of all ages are imagining what it would be like to do things like Aaron. I don't know the correct word to define Aaron and what he is doing for the disabled. When you watch him people are speechless..... I wonder if Mike Metzger would attempt a backflip in a wheelchair?"

The Colours Wheelchair company makes the most innovative manual wheelchairs and wheelchair accessory items on the market. Colours is constantly searching for ways to improve the lifestyle of the disabled and surrounding communities. We realize the importance of mobility, but respect the need for groovy, great-stylin' manual wheelchairs. This is more than a mere wheelchair for mobility - this is a lifestyle!

If you'd like more information about this topic, or to schedule and interview with Aaron Fotheringham, please call John Gunnar Box at (951) 808-9131 or e-mail John at johnbox @ colourswheelchair.com.

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