One of Britain’s most recognisable wheelchair users, Ade Adepitan has a reputation built on Paralympic basketball skills, TV presenting and writing inspirational books. Read on - or listen in - to understand the determination that led to Ade’s achievements, and how his ‘disability’ is born in other people’s minds.
‘Ade as author’ - Listen to this clip
“The essence of the book was a book which was based around friendship and the importance of friendship and how it was OK to be different and how everyone of us has a superhero within us, you know, we all have the ability to do something great. No matter who we are or where we come from you know we just have to have the right people around us and to believe in ourselves.”
“I wanted to write a book that children could read with their parents. The child can ask the parents those questions you know ‘Why do people say that just because of the colour of someone’s skin?’… to talk about disability, to talk about what it feels like to be bullied, and wrap within that a few fart jokes to make people laugh aswell!
Watching the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics in Plaistow, East London - Listen to this clip
“I would sit on the sofa and I would close my eyes as tight as I could and imagine that I was in that race in Los Angeles… and as soon as the gun would go off I’d start pumping my arms imagining that I was doing the 100 metres… I’d even do a dip at the end… For a young child like me it was mesmerising.”