Bungee plunge in wheelchair – Woo Hoo!

“I’m used to sitting upright all the time so the first two seconds sideways really made my stomach turn,” said the woman, Christine Rougoor. “It was amazing!”

The 25-year-old from Niagra Falls, Ontario made the amazing plunge last Thursday after winning a charity contest sponsored by an adventure company specializing in helping people with disabilities achieve their extreme sport dreams.

The group 9Lives Adventures was founded by Karim Ladki, who was paralyzed after breaking his neck in an accident but was determined to continue stoking his love for adventure.

The group held a video contest for people with physical disabilities, encouraging them to share their stories. The top three won an all-expenses-paid trip to Whistler to go back-country snowmobiling and bungee jumping…

Rougoor won the trip by submitting a video of her shooting guns, riding high-tech bikes for paraplegics, and playing tennis in her wheelchair.

The education student has been in a wheelchair since she broke her spine in a motocross accident while vacationing in Florida in 2008…

She returned to college and earned a high school teaching license in art and French, but also has been working hard as a fundraiser for people with mobility issues…

So would she encourage other people with disabilities to take the leap?

“I would do it again in a heartbeat,” she said. “The minute I got back, I begged them to push me back over!”


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