Born in Lagos, Nigeria, two-time Paralympian Ade Orogbemi grew up in East London where he first came across wheelchair basketball in 1997 after being stopped on the street and recruited to play for his local club, the East London Bullets.
Immediately falling in love with the speed of the sport, Ade quickly went on to make his mark within the UK Leagues, competing for Liverpool Greenbank, Oldham Owls, and RGK TCAT Wolverhampton Rhino, before heading overseas to play for Spanish club Toledo.
Ade has since travelled the continent competing for Europe’s leading club teams, including Zwickau (Germany), Porto Torres (Italy), and BSR Amiab Albacete (Spain) – winning the prestigious IWBF Europe Challenge Cup with the latter team in 2016.
In addition to his club achievements, the 2.5 player has had great success on the world stage with the GB men’s team. The 38-year-old – who made his major international debut at the 2003 European Championships – has represented Great Britain at three World Championships (2006, 2010, 2014) and five European Championships, winning a bronze (2003), two silvers (2005, 2007), and three golds (2011,2013,2015).
Ade – whose defensive play is feared worldwide – will make his third appearance for ParalympicsGB at the Rio 2016 Games, having competed at every Paralympics since 2008 where he assisted the team to the bronze medal.
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