The athletes aren't the only ones shining during the London Games.

The Olympics and Paralymics also feature a celebration called Cultural Olympiad, which promotes artistic displays across the country.

This week Sue Austin, who has used a wheelchair since 1996, is showing off the world's first self-propelled underwater wheelchair. After gaining an interest in scuba diving in 2005, Austin worked with academics and dive experts to create the underwater wheelchair, which is powered by two dive propulsion vehicles and steered with a bespoke fin and foot-operated acrylic strip.

"When we started talking to people about it, engineers were saying it wouldn't work, the wheelchair would go into a spin, it was not designed to go through water," Austin told the BBC. "But I was sure it would."

Austin has starred in a number of underwater performances called "Creating the Spectacle!" in which she moves through choreographed acrobatic underwater events.

Check out one of her shows:

"We've created something new and exciting and it's really getting people talking," Austin told the Daily Mail. "As a result, they're realising that viewing the world from a different perspective inspires them to be free to explore new experiences."

Austin is performing this weekend at the Osprey Leisure Centre in Weymouth, England.

(H/T to Geekologie)

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