A Whitehorse man is heading to Texas next week for a wheelchair-motorsports competition and exhibition.

Darryl Tait is becoming known in the United States, where he has competed in the Winter X-Games and extreme sport events. He lost the use of his legs in a snowmobile crash five years ago.

Tait says he went through depression during his rehabilitation and turned to people on the internet in similar circumstances for help.

"How they're overcoming their accidents and their struggles and that inspiration — I took that to heart," he said. "I want to show other people it's not over, this isn't something to be negative about, this is something to be positive about and grow on."

Tait says the event in Texas is a chance for him to meet people with common interests and encourage those looking to overcome their limitations.