Growing up, Adam Deans aspired to become a professional athlete, particularly focused on a career in the AFL. However, in 2005 he fell down the stairs at his school and broke his leg, prompting doctors to discover a cancerous tumour in his left femur. He was required to undergo chemotherapy and his leg was amputated above the knee just three months later.

After accompanying Para-triathlete Brant Garvey to wheelchair basketball training in 2009, he rediscovered his sporting dream, making his international debut that same year at the IWBF U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Paris, France.

In 2010, 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 Paralympic gold.

After just missing selection for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Adam was chosen to tour Great Britain for the 2016 Continental Clash, a multinational …

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Date of birth
16 June 1988
Wheelchair basketball
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Left above-knee limb loss
How acquired
Dianella, WA
Athlete, motivational speaker and student
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning gold at the 2014 IWBF World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Incheon, South Korea

Greatest sporting moments

Watching the West Coast Eagles win the 2006 AFL Premiership

Heroes/role models

Michael Jordan


  • Sport: Wheelchair basketball Classification: 4.0

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