Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Left leg above knee limb loss
Wheelchair Basketball
Date of Birth
June 16, 1988
Dianella, WA
Athlete, motivational speaker and student
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

Michael Jordan

Career Highlights

Gold medal at the 2014 IWBF World Wheelchair Basketball Championships

Greatest Moment

Watching the West Coast Eagles win the 2006 AFL Premiership


As a child, Adam Deans aspired to become a professional sports person, and was particularly focused on pursuing a career in the AFL. In 2005 Adam fell down the stairs whilst at school and broke his leg. Not long after, doctors discovered a cancerous tumour in his left femur. Adam was required to undergo chemotherapy and his leg was amputated above the knee less than three months later.

He began using a prosthetic leg the following year, and after accompanying close friend, Para-triathlete Brant Garvey to wheelchair basketball training in 2009, Adam decided to rediscover his professional sporting dream. In 2009 he debuted for the Perth Wheelcats and less than a year later he was selected to represent Australia at the IWBF Under-23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Paris.

In 2010 Adam endured a setback when he broke his wrist, but that same year the 2009 Wheelchair Sports WA Rookie of the Year was granted a $2000 Redkite ‘Dare to Dream’ scholarship to help him pursue his dream of winning a gold medal at the Paralympic Games.

After just missing selection for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Adam was selected to tour Great Britain for the 2016 Continental Clash, a multinational competition designed in part to prepare athletes for Rio. Following their defeat to the United States in Game Four, the Australian team claimed silver.

Between 2009 and 2014 Adam was employed as a Program Officer by the WA Wheelchair Sports Association branch, where he was responsible for educating young people about physical disabilities. In 2014 he joined Basketball Australia as a motivational speaker and life coach, which includes personal training and nutritional guidance.

In 2014 Adam completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Sports and Science, at Edith Cowan University in Joondalup, WA. He was awarded its Elite Athlete of the Year award in November that year, and in 2016 he began a Diploma of Primary Education. He intends to pursue a career in sports science after he retires from wheelchair basketball.

Adam is passionate about raising awareness and funds to support sarcoma research, which is why he took on an ambassadorial role with the WA-based charity foundation Sock it to Sarcoma in 2013.

In his spare time Adam enjoys going to the beach and watching the West Coast Eagles and the Chicago Bulls compete in the AFL and the NBA. He says that watching the West Coast Eagles take home the win in the 2006 AFL grand final is the greatest sporting moment to date.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair Basketball Classification: 4.0