Wheelchair athletes coming, teaching kids for Road to X Games

Posted at 7:03 PM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 15:35:26-04

BOISE — Christiaan Otter Bailey's love of skateboarding is easy to spot.

"It's far more than just a sport, it's a therapeutic opportunity," said Bailey.

He was a professional skateboarder and surfer, but an injury left him paralyzed from the waist down.

"I broke my back in 2006 filming a skateboarding video," said Bailey.

That doesn't mean his passion and his livelihood are at all stunted, thanks to wheelchair BMX.

"I'm mostly known for hand plants and things of that nature," said Baily.

WCMS has been around for 14 years, and Christiaan's one of the top names in the sport. He's in town for a demo and clinic where 25 kids in wheelchairs will learn about the sport he loves and try it for themselves.

"We're going to teach them how to skate, and we're going to have some of the best WCMX-ers in the world," said Bailey.

He's spending his time in Boise teaching kids and their parents that if you're passionate and work hard, the sky's the limit.

"Kids in chairs kind of operate under this dichotomy of, you know, always being around a padded world where everyone is worried about them trying tricks," said Bailey, "But in reality you get them out to the park and show them not only can they do something, but it can serve to be a super impactful part of their life."