Christine LynX Rougoor achieved an ultimate sports dream when she bungee jumped from a bridge in Whistler, B.C. strapped to a wheelchair. The video of the paraplegic being hurled from the platform has created a viral sensation after it was posted online.
Rougoor, 25, of Niagara Falls, Ont., suffered a catastrophic motocross accident in 2008 that left her confined to a wheelchair. Still searching for ways to unleash her inner daredevil the young woman entered a contest sponsored by 9Lives Adventures, a group founded by Karim Ladki to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to fulfill their extreme sports fantasy.
Nicknamed "LynX", the sports enthusiast submitted a video of herself participating in outdoor activities with equipment designed for paraplegics and was chosen as winner of a trip to British Columbia to participate in the once-in-a-lifetime bungee jumping adventure.
The self-proclaimed adrenalin junkie was strapped to her wheelchair and hoisted above the railing on the bridge and tossed over the edge for a fall of 50 meters into the gorge. The recoil of the bungee cord sent her spiraling upwards over and over again as the cord stretched and bounced back.
She safely completed the jump and wrote in the video description on YouTube: “First and definitely not the last time going bungee jumping in Whistler, B.C. Thank you 9Lives Adventures for making this happen!”
The extreme sports footage has went viral since it was posted on the video-sharing website, and Rougoor has become a sought after figure on sports news channels around the world.
Rougoor told CTV's Canada AM, "Every time I see it, it brings me back to that moment and at that time I just wanted to go, I said 'I want to go next, I want to go next.' And then when I go the first couple seconds it's like being on a roller coaster but then it was smooth, it felt really stable and it was fun."
9Lives Adventures and Rougoor hope the bungee jumping video clip will inspire other people living with disabilities to fulfill their own extreme sports dreams.