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Toni Quiñonero Martín prepares for 2017 and shift from professional WCMX competitor to amateur

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Chairskater Toni Quiñonero Martín. Image credit: Toni Quiñonero Martín

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.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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