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Duchess of Cambridge meets Newham Paralympian and TV personality Ade Adepitan

PUBLISHED: 12:16 21 October 2013 | UPDATED: 12:16 21 October 2013

Former Paralympic wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan MBE at the Copper Box.

Former Paralympic wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan MBE at the Copper Box.

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Newham Paralympian and TV personality Ade Adepitan spoke with the Duchess of Cambridge when she visited the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park last week.

Wheelchair basketball star Ade Adepitan was born in Nigeria – but grew up in Plaistow – and won bronze at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens.

Last summer he was one of the main presenters on Channel 4 for the London 2012 Paralympic Games and co-presented That Paralympic Show with Rick Edwards.

At Friday’s event, the 40-year-old met the Duchess of Cambridge and spoke of the future of sport in east London.

He said: “The Duchess said that last year was really great for highlighting the Paralympics and asked if I was still playing and I said yes, but I’m just coming to the end of my career.

“She was interested to know how the development was going and I said that after the Paralympics there was an influx coming into the team. It has done a lot of good for the sport.

“It’s fantastic to have this venue. The moment we won the Games and it was coming here I knew the kinds of opportunities and doors it would open for local people. Last year there was a spotlight on us and now for years to come people will gravitate to east London.”


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