After contracting Polio when he was just 15 months old, Ade Adepitan was forced to grow up using a wheelchair. With aspirations of becoming a sportsman, Ade has since forged a successful career as a wheelchair basketball player. His greatest achievements in the sport include winning bronze at the 2004 Summer Paralympic Games and gold at the 2005 Paralympic World Cup. After finishing playing the sport, Ade has been seen presenting, acting and featuring as a guest on shows across the BBC. He is best known for presenting the 2012 London Olympic Games coverage, the Invictus Games and the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games.
Predominantly, Ade uses his appearances on TV to advocate the important subjects of racism and disability discrimination. Alongside sports presenting, Ade has become a prevalent feature of documentaries. He has been a part of Beyond Boundaries, Unreported World and Africa with Ade Adepitan. Ade is also heavily involved with charity work, committing his time to charities such as Go Kids Go, NSPCC, Comic Relief, The WheelPower Charity and Right To Play.
In reward of his contributions throughout his career, Ade was appointed OBE back in 2005. He has also been bestowed with an honorary doctorate from Loughborough University and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of East London. Most recently, Ade was selected as part of the 100 Most Influential Black British People in the 2020 Powerlist.
A long and successful career in the limelight has supplied Ade with various topics that he is able to deliver as an online speaker. Spending a large portion of his career in front of cameras, Ade is at home when performing for virtual events and is able to command the audience as he would in person. Covering topics such as peak performance, overcoming adversity, racism and disability discrimination, Ade delivers an insightful webinar.
Ade Adepitan is regularly booked to engage audiences at virtual events, read their latest feedback below:
“Ade was extremely amenable and relaxed – he gave us some fantastic quotes and a brilliant interview.”