British television presenter and wheelchair basketball player, Ade Adepitan is no stranger to adversity. After contracting polio as a child and losing the use of his left leg, Ade has not let his disability take over his life. His drive and determination for everything that he puts his mind to is commendable, whilst also making him a firm favourite amongst the general public.
Ade initially gained success and fame from playing wheelchair basketball. He began playing for the Milton Keynes Aces Club, before progressing to being selected for Great Britain’s team. He played as part of Great Britain’s team who played in the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, winning the bronze medal in Men’s wheelchair basketball. A year later in 2005, Ade went on to compete in the 2005 Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, where his team won the gold medal.
Now Ade is predominantly known as a TV personality, frequently featuring on a number of programmes for the BBC. He is especially well known for using his TV personality to campaign against racism and disability discrimination. Ade’s first TV appearances were being a presenter on CBBC’s Xchange, featuring in EastEnders and starring as a basketball coach in the series Desperados.
Since then Ade has gone on to present a number of shows for the BBC. He participated in a documentary called Beyond Boundaries, a documentary which saw him trekking through rainforests, deserts, rivers and mountains. In 2014 Ade was selected to be one of the presenters for The Travel Show, a series from the BBC surrounding travelling. Ade also had the privilege of covering the Invictus Games for the BBC. In 2016 Ade co-presented New York: America’s Busiest City. BBC Two also hosts the talent of Ade, presenting Africa With Ade Adepitan.
As well as the BBC, Ade has also done a number of presenting jobs for Channel 4. He presented Britain on Benefits in 2013 and an episode of Unreported World. He also hosted the Winter Paralympic Games for Channel 4. Additionally, he was also a part of the Channel 4 Rio 2016 Paralympics presenting team.
Ade is a very charitable person, supporting a number of different charities alongside his TV work. He supports the NSPCC and The Wheelpower Charity alongside being a patron of the Go Kids Go organisation.
Ade’s hard work and commitment throughout his career has not gone unnoticed. He was awarded an MBE in 2006, which he was awarded for his services to disability sport. Loughborough University presented Ade with an honourary doctorate for his contributions to disability sport.
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When at corporate events, Ade is known to cover the following topics:
- Olympic Speaker
- Business Speaker
- Sporting Success
- Overcoming Adversity
- Career As A Paralympian
- Career As A TV Presenter
“Ade was extremely amenable and relaxed – he gave us some fantastic quotes and a brilliant interview.”- Tourism South East
Ade was absolutely fantastic and really connected with the audience. He was completely as I expected him to be after reading some of the bios on him on the internet a really nice person and very down to earth with an interesting story to hear.The audience really enjoyed it, they had lots of questions to ask at the end and were still asking questions during the drinks reception after the talk which Ade seemed more than happy to respond to. – Herbert Smith LLP