Australia is renowned the world over for producing wheelchair tennis players of the highest calibre, and two-time Paralympian Adam Kellerman is no exception to this.

Adam became eligible to compete in Paralympic sport in 2005, after undergoing 19 operations and 10 rounds of chemotherapy to treat Ewing’s sarcoma and an infection in his right hip bone. Ultimately, his doctors decided to remove part of his pelvis, resulting in limited movement in his right leg.

Adam picked up a racquet for the first time in 2007, and with just five months of on-court experience under his belt, he made his international debut on the junior circuit.

To qualify for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Adam needed to achieve a top 48 world ranking. He defeated dual Paralympic champion Robin Ammerlaan (NED) in January 2012, and by June, was sitting at a comfortable 29th.

Loving the feeling of representing Australia in the …

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Date of birth
25 July 1990
Sport
Wheelchair tennis
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Limited movement in his right leg
How acquired
Ewing's sarcoma
Residence
St Ives, NSW
Occupation
Athlete
Started competing
2007
Sport career highlights

Winning a bronze medal at the 2015 World Team Cup in Antalya, Turkey

Greatest sporting moments

Defeating Robin Ammerlann (NED) at the 2012 Sydney International Wheelchair Open to move within qualifying range of the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models
Favourite quote
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others - Marianne Williamson

Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair tennis Discipline: Singles Classification: Open
  • Sport: Wheelchair tennis Discipline: Doubles Classification: Open

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