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12-year-old British boy becomes first man in Britain to BACKFLIP in a wheelchair

A 12-year-old boy takes off to become the first British man to backflip in a wheelchair.

Ben Sleet, who suffers from spina bifida, was introduced to wheelchair motorcross (WCMX) at a skateboard jam event at the age of eight.

Ben Sleet, 12, is the first man in Britain to do a backflip in a wheelchair

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Ben Sleet, 12, is the first man in Britain to do a backflip in a wheelchairPhoto credit: SWNS
Ben, who suffers from spina bifida, just gave it a try and landed the backflip

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Ben, who suffers from spina bifida, just gave it a try and landed the backflipPhoto credit: SWNS

After just a few months of practice, the brave boy just “tested it out” and landed a backflip at the skate park.

He’s the youngest Brit ever – and the first UK man – to pull off this impressive stunt.

Ben, from Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, said: “I was shocked at first and then excited – it wasn’t really scary.

“I didn’t know I was going to do it, I just decided I’m going to try.

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“I had some friends there and they loved me – I’ve wanted to do it for about a year.

“You need a lot of speed to roll over – start pretty high and go over the edge and push down.

Now he is looking for a sponsorship that will help him take the sport to the next level.

Mum Angela Sleet, 46, said: “We just want to publicize what he’s doing and get more support – there’s a competition in Germany in July and we’d really like to go.”

He's the youngest Brit ever - and the first UK man - to pull off this impressive stunt

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He’s the youngest Brit ever – and the first UK man – to pull off this impressive stuntPhoto credit: SWNS

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