Robert M. Hensel

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Robert Michael Hensel (b. May 8, 1969[1]) was born with the birth defect known as Spina bifida. He is also a Guinness World Records holder for the longest non-stop wheelie in a wheelchair, covering a total distance of 6.178 miles.[2] As part of setting his record, he raised money for wheelchair ramps throughout Oswego, New York, his hometown.[3]

In 2000, realizing the need to focus more on one's abilities and less on their disabilities, Hensel sought to have a week designated that would bring to light the many talents and accomplishments being made by individuals with disabilities.[4] Due to his efforts, Oswego County passed a motion that year recognizing Oct. 1-7 as Beyond Limitations week.[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • State of New York Executive Chamber Certificate of Commendation[5]
  • Guinness World Record Holder[2]
  • Spokesperson for Athletes for Hope[6]
  • 2008 Go Fast Sports & Beverage Athlete[7]


  1. ^ Celebrity Birthday Directory, 5th edition, page 40
  2. ^ a b O'Toole, Catie (October 2, 2003). "A Ride Into The Record Book; When It Comes To Wheelchair Wheelies, The Ultimate Can Be Found In The City Of Oswego" (Fee required). Syracuse Post-Standard. Retrieved April 7, 2008.
  3. ^ Dowty, Douglass (September 29, 2005). "Record Attempt Must Wait; Robert Hensel, Of Oswego, Hurt While Practicing To Break His World Mark For Wheelchair Wheelie Distance" (Fee required). Syracuse Post-Standard. Retrieved April 7, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Pierie, Jennika (October 1, 2001). "Poet's Idea Catches On; Beyond Limitations Week, Recognizing The Disabled, Is Inspiration Of Oswego Writer" (Fee required). Syracuse Post-Standard. Retrieved April 8, 2008.
  5. ^ "Oswego City Man Noted For His Advocacy Work" (Fee required). Syracuse Post-Standard. September 17, 2004. Retrieved April 8, 2008.
  6. ^ Athletes for Hope Roster Archived August 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Yablonski, Steve (May 6, 2008). "Local Man Sets Out On World Record Quest". Oswego County Today. Retrieved May 13, 2008.[dead link]

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