WCMX professional skater Aaron Fotheringham shows off cool stunts at the REHACARE skatepark

Interview with WCMX professional skater Aaron Fotheringham, USA


A huge success last year: the skatepark at REHACARE 2015. This year, people can again roll up and skate to their heart's desire.

Image: Aaron Fotheringham shows off stunts in his wheel chair; Copyright: beta-web/Höpfner

At REHACARE 2016 you can see a lot of stunts at the skate park; © beta-web/Höpfner

Whether its kickflips or backflips, the half pipe will heat up again. In collaboration with the German Statutory Accident Insurance (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung, DGUV), the German Wheelchair Sports Association (Deutscher Rollstuhl-Sportverband, DRS), REHACARE 2016 once again provides a specially designed skate course for professionals and amateurs.

The daily recurring program can be seen from September 28 until October 1 in Hall 3, stand G and H74:

  • 11:30 AM: Skate show
  • 12:00 PM: Tryouts for everyone
  • 01:30 PM: WCMX workshop
  • 03:30 PM: Skate show
  • 04:00 PM: Tryouts for everyone

Along with David Lebuser, the first German professional WCMX skater, U.S. wheelchair athlete, Aaron Fotheringham will perform a few cool stunts. The 24-year-old, who is more widely known by his nickname "Wheelz", was born with Spina Bifida and is now permanently using a wheelchair after three hip surgeries. When he was eight, he started copying tricks performed by professional skaters. Today, he is the only person who has managed to perform a backflip, a double backflip and a frontflip in a wheelchair. REHACARE.de has met the skater for an interview and asked him about his successes and the importance of this trade fair for him:

Interview with WCMX skater Aaron Fotheringham

Mr. Fotheringham, how did you discover wheelchair skating for yourself?
Aaron Fotheringham: Growing up I was always a fan of action sports, I had an older brother who was a BMX rider and he and a few of my childhood friends helped me drop in for my first time, and after a few crashes I was hooked!

Image: Aaron Fotheringham; Copyright: beta-web/Höpfner

Aaron Fotheringham's nickname is "Wheelz"; © beta-web/Höpfner

What kind of experiences do you connect with this sport?
Fotheringham: WCMX (Wheelchair Motocross) has given me so many experiences, even my most recent experience: I was able to participate in the Paralympic Opening Ceremony!

What kind of successes did you achieve since then?
Fotheringham: Since I started riding I have been able to accomplish the first backflip, front flip and double backflip on a wheelchair.

Which special equipment do you need?
Fotheringham: I ride a Box Wheelchairs WCMX chair, which has suspension and can handle the abuse of the skateparks, and I ride the Schwalbe "Airborne" tires which were designed for skateparks and mega ramp jumps!

This year, you are at the stand of the company Schwalbe at REHACARE. Why is this trade fair important for you?
I always enjoy coming to REHACARE with Schwalbe because it gives me an opportunity to meet more people and spread the word about WCMX and hopefully get more people into the sport!

At REHACARE, there is a skate park. What do you think about this idea?
I think it's a great idea that REHACARE has a skatepark! It gives people a chance to try out WCMX and I can’t wait to ride it myself! (he laughs)

Image: Lorraine Dindas; Copyright: B. Frommann

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