Many people have to give up some of their favorite past times and hobbies after an injury that forces them to use a wheelchair. There are outlets for certain activities such as sports, but they are sometimes hard to find depending on where you live and also require dedication and skill.
Before Jonathan Stark was severely injured in a car accident at the age of 18, he was an incredibly gifted BMX bike rider and skateboarder.
He was paralyzed from the waist down following the accident. Undaunted and as determined as ever, Jonathan had his wheelchair converted into a makeshift skateboard.
Now 23, he’s perfected this set-up in a way that allows him to do flips and other stunts. He is an extreme athlete in the arena of wheelchair sports and is a prominent figure in he emerging sport of wheelchair moto-x or chairskating.
His training and his path to where he currently is did not come without hurdles. He says he fell an average of forty times a day and even broke both of his feet and suffered ten concussions.
Talk about dedication.
Due to his relentless contributions in extreme competitive wheelchair sports, he is speaking on a panel with other athletes to promote the French movie called “The Straight Line,” which is being featured in the Reel Abilities Film Festival. Jonathan’s story is proof positive that using a wheelchair is no excuse for abandoning your dreams, goals and aspirations.
Jonathan suffered numerous concussions and broken bones to realize his dreams from his wheelchair. He has even adapted and uses his wheelchair as part of his dream.
Whether it’s motocross, skateboarding or an adrenaline-fueled twist on a sport at the X games, extreme athletics is surging and the public is eating it up. Think of it as the modern-day version of gladiators and this guy represents everything awesome.