GRAND PRAIRIE, TX — If ever you allowed your own insecurities to keep you from achiveing your goals, then you need to meet these guys.
“I was born premature; I have cerebral palsy,” Katherine Beattie explained. “I started using a chair about 2 ½ years ago, got into WCMX right away, and I love it.”
Guts and grit are the driving force behind these competitive athletes. This is RISE Adaptive Sports Wheelchair Motocross.
“It’s kind of like BMX, but on a wheelchair,” Beattie said. “We’re doing ramps, we’re doing flat-land tricks, anything you can think of doing on a BMX bike or skateboard, we’re doing it on wheelchairs.”
The extreme sports athletes have gathered from around the world to compete for the ultimate title – world champ and the bragging rights of being hailed the king of WCMX.
“I went down the big ramp over there and I landed it,” young competitor Kumaka Zansen said.
“At this competition, there’s been so much progression and a lot of talent from the people out here,” competitor Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham said. “I’m really having to work hard to defend my title.”
Hey, these guys make it look so easy; skill, strength and strategy is key to pulling-off their spectacular stunts.
Now, that’s what we call extreme; congrats guys – in our book, you’re all champs.