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Ade Adepitan


Ade Adepitan is a Paralympian basketball player who has won top medals in his sport, completed the London Marathon and forged successful careers as a television sports commentator, presenting shows for both children and adults on the BBC, and as an actor.
Nigerian-born Ade contracted polio at the age of 6-months, which left him unable to walk but from an early age he had aspirations to become a sportsman.
He played wheelchair basketball for 18 years, gaining more than 90 caps playing for Great Britain but Ade retired from basketball after the Athens Paralympics in 2004, where his bronze medal was sweet payback - he had missed out on a medal in the final seconds of the play-off in at the Sydney Paralympics in 2000. 
Since he stopped playing basketball competitively, Ade has taken up Wheelchair Tennis.
His hard work, enthusiasm and lively personality have made him a fine role model for young people and his services to disability sport have been recognised.  He received the MBE in 2005 and was awarded Honorary Doctorates from Loughborough University in 2006 and the University of East London in 2010. 
Ade grew up in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Borough of Newham, and is still living in London.
He is patron of the disability sport charity Wheelpower, The Association of Wheelchair Children and Scope.  He is also ambassador for the NSPCC and The Prince's Trust.

Paralympian basketball player, television sports commentator and actor. He contracted polio as a young child and is now a champion of disability sports. A fine role model.

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