A daredevil teenager has become the first person ever to perform a backflip in a wheelchair. Aaron Fotheringham, 16, who is known to friends as 'Wheels', finally landed the official world record after learning the amazing acrobatic stunt two years ago. Aaron, who was born with spina bifida and has been in a chair since he was three, said: 'It feels awesome to have the record.' The American teenager is also credited with creating the sport of 'hardcore sitting' where daring stunts adapted from skateboarding and BMX are performed in a wheelchair. He began doing stunts at the age of nine when his elder brother Brian took him to their local skate-park in Las Vegas. Brian encouraged him to go down a ramp and the obsession was born. Now Aaron gets flown all over the world to perform stunts and spends at least three hours a day practicing. 'It's like being able to carry your skateboard everywhere with you. People don't realise how much can be done in a chair.' Aaron's unofficial record is six back flips in a row, however, under the pressure of the day he could not get any consecutive flips. 'I'm going to nail that record sometime in the future,' says Aaron. Approaching the ramp at the wrong speed could result in a crash where Aaron's entire body-weight and weight of his chair lands on his neck. Aaron has become quite a celebrity in the skate scene and has also become a hero to wheelchair users all over the world. Aaron's 5,000 chair is made of reinforced aluminium with suspension, shock absorbers and a 'grind bar' for street and ramp stunts. " Daily Mail