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… Read More

Quick Facts

How acquired
Cancer
Disability
Physical Impairment – Left above knee limb loss
Sport
Wheelchair basketball
Date of Birth
June 16, 1988
Home
Dianella, WA
Occupation
Athlete, motivational speaker and student
Started Competing
2008
First Competed for Australia
2009
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Heroes

Michael Jordan

Career Highlights

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

Greatest Moment

Watching the West Coast Eagles win the 2006 AFL Premiership

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair basketball Classification: 4.0