Antonio Torres, graphic artist, writer and WCMX Athlete. Born in Caguas, Puerto Rico in 1976 with Spina Bifida and his family shortly after moved to the states in search for better medical care. Raised in St. Petersburg FL, Antonio grew up like most Spina Bifida individuals, in and out of the hospital to dealing whith various health issues. However, since very young, he not only used his wheelchair to maneuver the world, but also found a ways to have fun by practicing tricks, spins and wheelies.
In 2014 at the age of 37, Tony (as he goes by), decided to write a children book, called Jimmy Wheelz and the Minilights. A topic he had since had since his early teens while hospitalized, but never was able to get it together. It was then when he decides to get more involved in WCMX and follow through with his vision of creating not only positive character, but get involved into a world where he could make a difference
He was fortunate to fund a box wheelchair that same year, and from that point on began training and exercising out at the local skatapark in the world of WCMX.
Tony has always been athletic, health and wellness plays a big role in staying active so he played wheelchair basketball, tennis but always felt WCMX best fit his personality.
“I sincerely would like to thank my sponsors for making my dreams a reality. Special thanks to Anthony Quinones, JR Miller, Steve Sadler, Tina Tallman, Embrey’s Moving Solutions, ASF Adaptive Sports, JD from Herbal Remedy Clothing, Spina Bifida Association of Central Florida, and the Florida WCMX crew for providing me with the means and motivation to compete at my peak performance. It’s truly an honor to represent this community on the world stage, and to help raise awareness of the adaptive sports lifestyle.
Together, we can show children living with disabilities that it’s still possible for them to train, compete, and become a hero- even to the strongest of people.” says Tony.