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8 Year-old girl tackles skate park in a wheelchair

RIVERDALE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - An 8 year old girl from Riverdale is showing you don't have to be a boy to shred up a skate park. She's also proving it can be done in a wheelchair.
An 8 year old girl from Riverdale is showing you don't have to be a boy to shred up a skate park. She's also proving it can be done in a wheelchair.

What was Jaylee Dutcher up to Thursday evening?

"I’m just here to show you how I skate at the skate park," the 8 year-old said nonchalantly.

Jaylee had only been skating for 4 days, but she was already rocking it!

"I go on big jumps and I go fast," she said. "It's super fun, I don't really get scared."

Jaylee also dances and skis; you could call her an adrenaline junkie in the making.

"She’s absolutely fearless," said her dad, Jason.

Jaylee definitely doesn't let the fact that she has Spina Bifida slow her down. When Jaylee was born, she had a small opening in her back leaving her paralyzed from that opening down, much like her idol Aaron Fotherinham. He’s a stunt man on the TV show Nitro Circus.

"He really inspired me to do this cause I really wanted to be like him," Jaylee said.

Aaron also has Spina Bifida, and he just performed the world's first double back flip in a wheelchair. His attitude is just as impressive as his moves.

"When someone says you can't do something it kind of upsets me and makes me want to do it," Aaron said in one interview.

That message is one Jason knows his daughter will hold on to for life, because for her first 8 years, she has already been living it.

"She has never let Spina Bifida ever stop her from doing what she wants to do," Jason said.

And what she wants to do right now, is show up the boys at the skate park.


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