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Disability awareness activities begin Sept. 28 with wheelchair athlete’s visit

Extreme wheelchair athlete Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham will kick off Student Disability Awareness Month at WKU on Sept. 28.

Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham will visit WKU on Sept. 28.

Fotheringham’s presentation will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Preston Health and Activities Center’s Multipurpose Room.

Fotheringham, a 20-year-old native of Las Vegas who was born with spina bifida, performs tricks adapted from skateboarding or BMX riding. His accomplishments include the first wheelchair back flip in 2006, first double back flip in 2010 and a front flip before a live audience in 2011 as part of Nitro Circus in New Zealand.

On Aug. 25 at the MegaRamp contest in Rio de Janeiro, Fotheringham rolled down the steep, 55-foot-tall approach track and jumped the structure’s 50-foot gap.

Fotheringham’s visit to WKU is sponsored by Student Disability Services, Career Services Center, Campus Activities Board, Intramural-Recreational Sports and Student Activities.

Contact: Matt Davis, (270) 745-5004.

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