Ade Adepitan is a British Paralympic athlete whose determination and positive attitude have enabled him to not only forge a successful sporting career but also to inspire others around the world through his powerful motivational speeches.
Ade uses a wheelchair as a result of contracting polio as a child. He began playing wheelchair basketball when he was twelve, after being spotted by two physiotherapists whose philosophy was to teach young disabled children how to be independent using sport. Ade subsequently attended Stoke Mandeville Hospital's world-renowned spinal injury rehabilitation centre in Buckinghamshire. From that moment Ade had one burning ambition, to win a medal in the Paralympics for Great Britain - a dream that finally came true when he won the bronze medal for Britain at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens; he then topped this achievement by winning the gold medal at the 2005 Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.
In 2005, Ade was awarded the MBE for his contribution to disability sport. The same year he was also awarded a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ by the Champions Club UK in recognition not only of his efforts at promoting disability sport, but also for being a positive role model.
As a result of his achievements, Ade has became a familiar face on TV as an actor, presenter or guest, with his trademark cheeky grin and flowing dreadlocks. In 2014, he anchored the Winter Paralympic Games for Channel 4 and the Invictus Games for BBC 1, and also became one of the presenters of the new BBC travel series The Travel Show.
Ade is one of the UK’s most most powerful Motivational Speakers, delivering his inspiring speech to audiences around the globe. If you are interested in Ade speaking at your Conference, Dinner or Event, please contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent on 020 7251 8222 to discuss your requirements.
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