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WHEELCHAIR MOTOCROSS - NewspaperPH


Lily Rice, 13, is only the second ever female to pull off a backflip in wheelchair motocross and is now aiming to be the best in the world. Former Welsh Paralympic swimmer Lily is a WCMX athlete, performing tricks on specially adapted ramps usually used by BMX riders and skateboarders. While Lily is thought to be the first European woman to complete a WCMX backflip, she is the second worldwide. "I'd seen lots of people do it and it didn't look too hard, so I wanted to try it out," she said. "So we found a foam pit and I just practiced it and practiced it and eventually got it in the foam pit. "Then, I tried it onto [the] ramp and I landed it there." She was given her first WCMX chair in February by the sport's current champion Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham, and has been practicing for the last seven months.

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