“Independence is a right that everyone deserves to have in their lives.”
After a hang gliding accident left her paralyzed, Marilyn Hamilton was determined to continue her active, athletic lifestyle. Her heavy wheelchair hampered that ambition.
Drawing inspiration from the materials used in hang gliders, she worked with two friends to create a lightweight and highly maneuverable wheelchair.
She started the Quickie wheelchair company in 1979—and went on to become a two-time US Open women’s wheelchair tennis champion.
Source for quote above: The Women’s Conference 2006: Minerva Awards—Marilyn Hamilton, 2008, https://youtu.be/h7RDnbYQx2I.