13-year-old Lily Rice is making headlines worldwide after she landed a heartstopping backflip in her wheelchair.
This is thought to make her the first European woman – and possibly the youngest woman ever – to land a wheelchair backflip. She may only be the second woman to perform the stunt in the world.
“1 weekend, 6 hours and I nailed a backflip on the resi at Rampworld Cardiff! Super stoked!” the teen wrote on Facebook. “Now I need a neck brace and back padding before I try it out on concrete!”
The first female to ever successfully pull the stunt was Katherine Beattie, a 31-year-old from La Cañada Flintridge, California.
While Beattie had cerebral palsy, Rice is unable to efficiently move her legs because of hereditary spastic paraplegia – a degenerative disease that causes stiffness in the legs.
The teen, who is from Pembrokeshire, Wales, has only been doing wheelchair motocross for about a year. Once she raises enough money for a new motocross wheelchair, however, she hopes to compete in the WCMX World Championships in March next year.
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