Professional chairskater Toni Quiñonero Martín has announced this week that 2016 will be his last year as a professional. Starting January 1, he will officially shift to amateur status.
In announcing this decision, Quiñonero said, “Lots of friends made thanks to my sport, lots of fun everywhere, I really apreciate every one of you but nowadays the market is not good for WCMX and I prefer to continue my career as an amateur rider so this is the last year with my sponsors #MogoWheelchairs #Schwalbetires #RequenaBikeShop and #ManiakMonkey.” He went on to say, “The truth is that I am tired of the market, tired of watching wheelchair and accesibility brands fighting for money and not helping people. Some people are proud to say people helping people but at the end it’s just people earning money. Is time to have fun, friends! Best times to come :)”
Barcelona local Quiñonero holds the status as being Spain’s first professional chairskater. He competed at WCMX’s first championships in Grand Prairie, Texas. Quiñonero spent several years working as a tireless advocate for people with disabilities in Spain, and trying to grow the sport of chairskating both in Spain and internationally.
WCMX stands for Wheel Chair Moto Cross. The sport was created in 2009 by Aaron Fotheringham.