When leaving Ireland in 1691, The Wild Geese had to shape their own destinies in the face of their difficult situation. In unfamiliar lands, they built new lives for themselves and were not held back by their circumstances. The same can be said of Aaron Fotheringham from Las Vegas, who was born with spina bifida. You can see what Aaron does in the video below:
Reading his bio on his website is very inspiring: ‘Aaron never let anything stop him. Even as a baby and small child, he did anything anyone else his age could, he just had to figure out how to make it work for him… He enjoys showing young kids with disabilities that a wheelchair can be a toy, not a restriction’.
Recently, Fotheringham successfully completed a backflip from a mammoth 15m ramp – nicknamed the ‘giganta’. This was his latest stunt in a row of successful feats that have stunned crowds worldwide, a placed him the record books once again.
|Fotheringham attempted the backflip in Pala, California
|Fothingham leaned backwards mid-flight, flipping himself over, and landing on two wheels mere seconds later
Aaron also reflected on the relationship he has had with his wheelchair: ‘I’d practise all the same tricks and stunts as my friends but on my chair. I grew to like my chair because it was like having a skateboard with me all the time’.
An incredible example of circumstances not determining character. His bio ends: ‘Aaron has a passion for what he does… His appeal is universal. You certainly do not have to be disabled to be inspired by what he is able to do’. We thoroughly agree.