Megan Way, left, of Aledo and Gretchen Bailey, right, maneuver down a ramp during a wheelchair motocross event at North Houston Skate Park, 12351 Kuykendahl Rd., Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Houston. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Gretchen Bailey, 34, has cerebral palsy. She grew up with her legs in braces. She remembers watching her brother skate while she remained on the sidelines.
Bailey had dreaded the day – which came about two years ago – when she would beforced to rely on a wheelchair to get around. She knew her muscles would never get strong enough to allow her to move like her brother.
But on Sunday, a determined Bailey sat on the sidelines no more. She had discovered the world of so-called “adaptive athletics,” learning to let the wheelchair become a tool to participate in sports. The Spring resident knew she could fly in her red chair down the same slopes or stairs that others skated across.
As the sun beat down Sunday afternoon at the North Houston Skate Park, Bailey prepared to share her skills with others for how to maneuver through a skate park. She …