Tony Torres, WCMX Athlete attended the RISE Adaptive Sports WCMX World Championship 2016 in Dallas/Fort Worth Texas from April 22-24, 2016. It was non-profits 3 annual competition where athletes from all over the world came to showcase their skills and talent. Rise Adaptive Sports holds twice a week clinics in preparation to this event.
During practice you could see people from all over conversing as the athletes took the park with their tricks. Â For so many, it was the only event all year around that they could attend and compete. WCMX is a fledging sport that is picking up speed yearly. More and more adaptive skaters take to the sport and with that are changing peopleâ€™s perspective about people with disabilities. No longer is being confined to a wheelchair limits you to anything, because with attitude and wheels these athletes literally fly.
For Tony, it was an unforgeable experience, amazing. This was his first year for him to see the competition first hand. His cousin Anthony and him, took the park along with the other athletes and immediately felt the comradery between all the folks involved. It felt more like a family that hadnâ€™t seen each other in a while.
During practice Tony attempted some bigger tricks that he was use too, but fell mostly everytiome., It wasnâ€™t to his last final run, where his spark was lit and started to run through the park with issues. This is the run that brought him second place in the intermediate class. To attend and to bring back to Florida the silver was something Tony never expected, however, he brought back some of the adrenaline and information needed to start working towards a team Florida. Next year, Team Florida will make some waves.
A sincere thank you to the staff, volunteers, sponsors and everyone who made it possible.
For more information and details for the annual competition check out;Â http://www.riseadaptivesports.org