Some people might assume that wheelchairs and skate parks don't go together. But those people would have been highly surprised -- and impressed -- with the event which was held at Jack Bulik Park in Fontana on June 8 and 9.
About 30 athletes gathered for the SoCal WCMX (Wheel Chair Moto Cross) Showdown North American Championship, showing off their remarkable talents.
WCMX is a rapidly growing sport in which participants use custom fabricated wheelchairs to perform technical maneuvers at skate parks similar to those on BMX bikes and skateboards.
One of those competitors was 27-year-old Fontana resident Cindy Navarro.
"Only the best of the best come out here," Navarro said. "It's an honor to even be out here."
Navarro was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2018, but has been confined to a wheelchair for two years.
During the competition, safety observers stood by to assist the athletes as they pushed the limits of their sport over the course of the two-day event.
Each athlete got two 90-second runs to perform tricks and maneuvers, many that haven't been seen in other competitions. The best score of the two runs was used as their final score.
Participants were split into multiple categories based on age and skill level, and riders were placed into divisions: Division 3 (Beginner 16 and under), Division 2 (Intermediate 16 and under), Division 1 (16 and up), Adaptive Skate (Non-Wheelchair athletes), Women's and WCMX Open.
Competitors across the divisions represented the United States and countries as far away as Brazil and the United Kingdom, but some, including Navarro and Tony Thogmartin of Upland, were from right here in the Inland Empire.
Athletes who were involved in this competition were there because they have been disabled by injuries or diseases, such as MS.