The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes extraordinary people who are willing to be the best at something. Wheelchair users worldwide are perfecting their skills and accomplishing their goals of setting world records for performing amazing things. These tasks range from wheelchair backflips to pulling cars. Below is a list of the most awesome wheelchair world records that you never knew existed.
Longest Distance Covered on a Wheelchair Trainer
Professional Brazilian wheelchair athlete, Carlos Oliveira used a competition wheelchair attached to a stationary roller to travel 149.42 miles at the average speed of 6.225 miles per hour. He began his astonishing accomplishment on August 31, 2013, and set the world record on September 1, 2013.
Wheelchair Free Throws
On July 10, 2013, NWBA player Jeff Walker set a world record making the most consecutive wheelchair free throws.
First Wheelchair Backflip
On October 25, 2008, Aaron “wheels” Fotheringham of the United States was the first person to complete a wheelchair backflip.
Heaviest Aircraft Pulled Over 100m by a Wheelchair Team
On May 29, 2011, a team of 84 wheelchair users pulled an aircraft that weighed 148,128.59 pounds a total of 120 meters in just four minutes.
Longest Stationary Manual on a Wheelchair
On June 21, 2014, Michael Dylan Kennedy set the world record for the longest stationary manual on a wheelchair. His final time was 12 hours and 30 minutes.
Longest Wheelie in a Wheelchair
This world record was set on May 12, 2012, by Xie Junwu of China. He solely used the rear wheels of his wheelchair to cover 16.3 miles.
Fastest Time Rounding Bases while Juggling
On September 28, 2013, in Topeka, Kansas, JJ Walker set a record rounding bases while juggling two basketballs in 45.69 seconds.
Longest Power Slide Down a Ramp on a Wheelchair
On August 21, 2013, Tyler Westrick set a record by performing a power slide down a 4.26-foot ramp while in a wheelchair.
Youngest Disabled Athlete to Wheelchair on the Peak of a House
On December 4, 2011, in Chilliwack, British Columbia, 12-year-old Benjamin Hagkull used his wheelchair to ride along the peak of a roof. This record is extremely dangerous. Attempting to beat this record is highly dangerous and should only be attempted with safety precautions and proper training.
Largest Group of People Dancing a Choreographed Bachata Latin Dance in Wheelchairs
On February 16, 2013, in San Diego, California, 80 wheelchair users, and partners set the record for the largest group of people dancing a choreographed Bachata latin dance in wheelchairs.
Most Mascots Sitting on Wheelchairs at Once
On September 6, 2014, in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa, Chris Batts led six mascots to sit on wheelchairs at once. Batts purposely set the record to honor people with disabilities.
Fastest Time Pulling a Truck 20 Meters While in a Wheelchair
On June 11, 2014, Chris Batts set the record for pulling a truck 20 meters in just one minute and eight seconds.
Most Wheelchair Softball Players to Round a Baseball Diamond
On September 28, 2013, in Topeka, Kansas, a team of 19 wheelchair softball players set the record for the most softball players to round a baseball diamond in 45 seconds.
Most Manual Wheelchair Spins in One Minute
On September 8, 2015, Stephen Rainey from Liverpool, England set a world record of 66 spins in a manual wheelchair in one minute.
Highest Ramp Jump by Wheelchair
On March 24, 2010, in Rome, Italy, Aaron Fotheringham set the record for highest ramp jump by a wheelchair at 60 cm.
Fastest Wheelchair Marathon
On September 17, 2008, Wheelchair athlete Thomas Geierspichler of Austria set a world record for fastest wheelchair marathon at 1 hour 40 minutes 7 seconds.
Greatest Distance in 24 Hours by Mouth Controlled Motorized Wheelchair
December 1-2 2015, Chang-Hyun Choi of South Korea set the record for greatest distance traveled in 24 hours by a mouth controlled motorized wheelchair. Choi set the record reaching 158.72 miles.
Longest Wheelchair Push
September 8-9, 2000 in Cumbria, UK, 75 volunteers set the longest wheelchair push by pushing a wheelchair 240 miles in 24 hours to raise attention for the Cumbria Cerebral Palsy Society.
How to Set a World Record
Wheelchair users that want to set world records need to plan ahead. First, you should browse the Guinness World Record site to find any records you would like to beat. You can also create your own interesting record. If you choose to create your own you will need to get the approval from GWR before you get started.
When applying for a chance to create a new record, you should provide as many details as possible. This will allow the decision makers at GWR to have a clear vision of what you are attempting to accomplish. They will also let you know if your idea is intriguing enough to be listed in the GWR. You can choose to apply by yourself or as a team.
These world record setters encourage others in the disabled community to set their own records. Do you have a world record you would like to set? You can choose to create one of your own or attempt to break one that already exists. If you are interested in setting a world record visit www.guinnessworldrecords.com for further details regarding the application process.