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Daredevil climbs skyscraper in a wheelchair

Lai Chi-wai climbing Nina Tower in his wheelchair
Lai Chi-wai climbing Nina Tower in his wheelchair Image credit: theguardian.com

Passer-by’s at Nina Tower on Saturday were in for a bit of a shock when they saw an adrenaline junkie climbing the 300 metre structure strapped to his wheelchair.

Lai Chi-wai was paralysed from the waist down after being involved in a serious car accident ten years ago, but didn’t stop him from trying to conquer the skyscraper in Kowloon, Hong Kong last weekend.

Despite not quite making the top he reached 250 metres to raise HK$5.2m (£494,972) for spinal cord patients.

It’s not the first time Chi-wai has achieved such an incredible feat, five years ago he ascended 495 metres from Lion Rock Mountain in Hong Kong and became a four-time Asia rock climbing champion.

He told The Guardian: “I was quite scared. Climbing up a mountain, I can hold onto rocks or little holes, but with glass, all I can really rely on is the rope that I’m hanging off.

“Apart from just living, I wondered what drives me? So I began to chase that, knowing that there was a possibility I could climb mountains, even in a wheelchair.

“In a way, I forgot that I was a disabled person, I could still dream and I could still do what I liked doing.”

Lai went on to send a positive message about people with disabilities, especially to those who don’t realise their full potential.

He said: “Some people don’t understand the difficulties of disabled people, some people think that we are always weak, we need help, we need assistance, we need people’s pity.

“But, I want to tell everyone, it doesn’t have to be like that. If a disabled person can shine, they can at the same time bring about opportunity, hope, bring about light, they don’t have to be viewed as weak.”

Lai Chi-Wai was the first Chinese winner of the X-Game's extreme sport in 2011.