Every week CNN International’s African Voices highlights Africa’s most engaging personalities, exploring the lives and passions of people who rarely open themselves up to the camera. This week they profile Nigerian-born wheel chair basketball star, Ade Adepitan.
Read about how Ade overcame childhood polio to become a sporting star and a television personality. He is currently an Ambassador for the 2012 Olympic/Paralympic games in London!
- Nigerian-born Ade Adepitan overcame polio to become a wheelchair basketball star
- Representing Great Britain, he won the bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Games
- The athlete and TV presenter says he would like to raise profile of disability sport in Africa
(CNN) — Childhood polio left him using a wheelchair, but that’s never stopped Paralympian Ade Adepitan from achieving his goals.
When he was growing up, there was little awareness of disability sports, the Nigerian-born wheelchair basketball champion says.
“Because I had a disability, because I did not know about the Paralympics, I always assumed that my only way of competing at sport was competing with other able-bodied people,” said Adepitan.
But hard work, coupled with innate determination and passion for sports, helped him achieve an illustrious athletic career that culminated in 2004 when he won the bronze medal at the Athens Paralympics as a member of Great Britain’s wheelchair basketball team.
Adepitan’s aim off the court is to further raise the profile of disability sports. A familiar face to British sports fans, he’s an ambassador for London’s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
These days, most kids are generally aware of disability sports, but “there’s a lot more that can be done,” Adepitan said…[continue reading]
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