Aaron Fotheringham is no stranger to impressing crowds with his wheelchair stunts.

Not only is he the first person to successfully perform a backflip in a wheelchair, at the age of 14, but he's also part of the infamous stunt group, Nitro Circus.

Earlier this morning, he was at the centre of the Rio 2016 Paralympics opening ceremony, performing one of his tricks in what many called "the highlight of the ceremony."

Fotheringham has spina bifida; he has used a wheelchair since the age of three and although he used crutches early on, he has been a wheelchair user full-time since the age of eight.


In 2010 Aaron joined the Nitro Circus Live tour, an action sports road show that tours Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States.

On the tour Aaron performed on a fifty-foot ramp-to-ramp jump doing backflips, double backflip attempts and on February 9, 2011 in New Zealand, the world's first wheelchair frontflip.