More often than not, when we hear of high-energy daredevil antics and awe-inspiring sporting achievements, our minds immediately conjure up images of able-bodied athletes with physical abilities bordering on the superhuman doing things a normal person should never attempt. Think again! We have personally met many amazing wheelchair athletes and daredevils here in Pennsylvania who don’t let a wheelchair stop them from amazing physical achievements. Here is a review of some highly inspiring stories we love that we found online proving that physical limitations exist only in the mind, and not even losing the use of your legs should stand in your way as you try to pursue your wildest physical fantasies.
First Ever Female Wheelchair Backflip – Katherine Beattie
Not many people would associate cerebral palsy victims with stunning athletic achievements. But for the Californian-born Katherine Beattie, who ended up with the condition after a premature birth, doing wheelchair backflips is now one of her regular physical performances. Being in a wheelchair did not hold her back from chasing her dream, and her relentless efforts finally paid off to make her a sensational role model for both disabled and able-bodied people.
Wheelchair Pushups – Meet the Inspirational Amputee CrossFit Trainer
The day Zack Ruhl was born, his fate was anything but promising. He was born without thigh bones and had very weak bones in his legs. At the time he was four months old, he began undergoing amputations, but that never stopped him from being an overachieving sportsman. While in school, he remained at the top as far as bench presses were concerned until he graduated. Now he can do push ups, and that’s with his wheelchair up in the air! His inspirational rise to the echelons of athletic achievement has won him several admirers, and other wheelchair-bound people regularly go to his gym to push physical limits that even most able-bodied people shy away.
Jimbo Boyd’s Competitive Life Began After Quadriplegia
For some people, a devastating physical tragedy marks the end of an active athletic life. But not for Jimbo Boyd, whose highly competitive sporting life was born after he became a quadriplegic. After a home accident that made him lose the use of his legs, Jimbo went on to compete in several quadriplegic athletic competitions around the world, and none of the hurdles he met along the way kept him from being both an accomplished athlete and a great inspiration for disabled people with dreams of making a mark in the world of athletics. He has also been quite vocal about the need to make wheelchairs that are more effective on the tracks. Read more about Jimbo’s life story here.
Wheelchairs are Awesome!
Being in a wheelchair does not have to keep you from becoming the adrenaline junkie you have always imagined yourself to be; and there are several wheelchair bound people out there to prove it. These amazing people are jumping off cliffs into roaring rivers, diving while still on their wheelchairs, engaging in water skiing, doing handstand push ups, mastering martial arts, performing street daredevil stunts that would make the many skateboarders seem drab, taking part in fashion shows, putting on captivating stage performances, doing amazing wheelchair spins and stunts, dancing, taking part in high-energy sports, and being everyday heroes by protecting regular people from harm or helping their children achieve their first major milestones in life. You will be surprised by just how exciting and freeing being in a wheelchair can be if you are willing to be a little daring.
What are your possibilities?