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Ade Adepitan



Adedoyin “Ade” Adepitan is a presenter and athlete who was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He moved to the UK when he was three, and discovered wheelchair basketball when he was 12, after being spotted by two physiotherapists as he was being pushed down the streets of Plaistow in a shopping trolley. They took Ade to Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire and introduced him to wheelchair basketball. From that moment Ade had one burning ambition – to win a Paralympics medal for Great Britain. He was selected to compete in the Sydney 2000 Paralympics. The Games boosted Ade’s profile, and he starred in a documentary called Hoop Dreams, featured in the world-famous PlayStation double life advert, as well as presenting a wildlife show on national television. Ade continued to represent Great Britain, winning bronze and silver medals at the 2002 and 2005 European championships, and captaining his country to a silver medal at the 2002 World Championships in Japan. In 2004, Ade achieved his lifelong ambition, winning a bronze medal at the Athens Paralympics. As his sporting career began to wind down, his TV career took off. He presented the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Paralympics, and was awarded an MBE for his contribution to disability sport.