WHL / Powered Wheelchair Race

Scewo

SwitzerlandSwitzerland

About the Team

Pilot Christian Rusterholz is starting on a Scewo Bro. Different from most of the other motorized wheelchairs this is not a prototype but ready for serial production, so far the only known wheelchair worldwide which is rolling on two wheels only and can climb stairs. It’s characterized by agility on even ground, safety on stairs and the compact design. Different driving modes enable the pilot to get along on varying terrain and all kinds of situations. For the team manager Bernhard Winter this is essential: "For pedestrians it’s natural to visit places spontaneously and without any help – we want to offer this to wheelchair users as well. We want to take them to places they have never been before in a wheelchair."

Scewo AG is a spin-off of ETH Zurich. The development of the two-wheeled, self-balancing wheelchair started six years ago. In 2016 Scewo participated with a prototype at CYBATHLON but got eliminated early. This year, they want to roll away with victory. To achieve their goal, they have implemented a robot arm especially for the task "ramp and door". So, the “competition Bro” is still a bit of a prototype.

Pilot – Christian Rusterholz 

For Christian, sport is part of everyday life alongside his work: "I’m riding my handbike several times a week and play para-badminton. I used to play soccer and ice hockey and was involved in caving." In 2003 he was diagnosed with MS, until 2008 he had no symptoms, but after that his walking got steadily worse. For five years now, he is in a wheelchair, when he has to move. "The trainings are a challenge, theoretically you just sit and ride, but for the machine and its technology as well as for the pilot, it’s very demanding. Anyway, I’m sure I can complete the tasks of the competition. At CYBATHLON I’m fascinated by its history, the technology and the development. I happened to see it on TV in 2016 and thought it was absolutely phantastic." continues the Swiss pilot. For him to join a team, it took another coincidence: He came in contact with the group of Scewo AG during a rehabilitation in the Valendas Clinic, which is a partner of Scewo and some of its staff are attending CYBATHLON participants.

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The Pilots

Christian Rusterholz

Christian Rusterholz

The Team

Bernhard Winter

Bernhard Winter

Florian Meister

Florian Meister

Ian Stähli

Ian Stähli

René Klaus

René Klaus

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  • November 13th 2020, 12:00 am

    Scewo - Team Portrait

  • November 13th 2020, 12:00 am

    Scewo - Bernhard Winter

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