World's first person to reach the South Pole in a wheelchair: Aron Anderson sets world record (VIDEO)
SOUTH POLE, Antarctica -- Aron Anderson trekked 640 kilometers from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and became the world's first person to reach the South Pole in a wheelchair; the journey took a frigid 21 days, as temperatures averaged around -30 degrees Celsius, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Aron Anderson became the world's first person to reach the South Pole in a wheelchair. Photo: Aron Anderson/Instagram (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records world record for the largest wheelchair tennis tournament was comprised of 12 wheelchair athletes in the "Open B" division of an event organised by Business Clubs of America (USA) in San Diego, California, USA, on 20 June 2008. The event consisted of 60 total participants in seven different competitive divisions.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the longest moving line of wheelchairs consists of 351 participants, and was achieved by MyrnaLee Mania (USA) in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA, on 16 May 2015.
"We had quite a bit of wind, so there was a chill factor of around -36 degrees," Anderson told Radio Sweden. "Our hands were cold the whole time. You had to cover your face."
Anderson propelled himself with just his arm muscles for 10 hours each day of the 21-day journey. He says reaching the 620-mile-wide polar plateau was the greatest of challenges.
"That was a climb of around 2,000 meters, which was really hard," Anderson told Radio Sweden. He also skis using only his arms, which he noted was even harder in the South Pole.
He's been in a wheelchair since age 9, when he received surgery for cancer in his legs, according to his website.
He said the expedition had raised five million kronor ($538,000) to fight cancer among children in Sweden. On his website, Anderson explained he got cancer in the lower back aged seven and been in a wheelchair ever since.