Fri, August 31, 2012
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World's first self-propelled underwater wheelchair

2012-08-31 03:46:00 GMT2012-08-31 11:46:00(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Sue Austin has created a self-propelled wheelchair that she will use as part of the Cultural Olympiad. (Freewheeling/Norman Lomax/Rex)

Ms Austin said she is thrilled to be part of something 'new and exciting' like this. Provided to Daily Mail.

She will use it in a series of choreographed acrobatic underwater events as part of the London 2012 Festival.(Freewheeling/Norman Lomax/Rex)

Ms Austin has been wheelchair-bound since 1996 and has worked on the chair with a team of diving experts.(Freewheeling/Norman Lomax/Rex)

An artist will perform swimming pool acrobatics in an underwater wheelchair this week as part of the Cultural Olympiad celebrations.

Sue Austin, from Devon, has been wheelchair-bound since 1996 after contracting ME and has invented and helped create the world's first self-propelled underwater wheelchair with a team of diving experts.

In the lead up to the Paralympic Games Ms Austin has staged a series of stunning underwater scuba performances called 'Creating the Spectacle!' to show off her underwater art.

(Agencies)

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