British Paralympian Honoured For using TV as a platform for campaigning against disability and discrimination.
The nations most popular paralympian Ade Adepitan has been named Journalist of the year at the European Diversity Awards on Thursday. Adepitan won the award jointly with former BBC Radio 4 presenter Evan Davis who was applauded for his performance on Newsnight which he presented after the show’s host Jeremy Paxman stepped down.
The paralympian turned journalist has featured on several shows on the BBC and Channel 4 including the Travel show, Britain on Benefits, Dispatches as well as hosting The Sochi winter games with Clare Balding and more recently the Invictus Games.
After accepting his award, Adepitan couldn’t resist tweeting his excitement as he tweeted,
— Ade Adepitan (@AdeAdepitan) October 2, 2014
Th 41-year-old was born in Maryland, Lagos in Nigeria before his family migrated to settle in Newham in the UK. He contracted Polio at the age of 6 months which resulted in the loss of function in his left leg.
Adepitan filmed an emotional documentary for the BBC after the 2012 games where he returned to Nigeria to highlight the plight of people living with disability in the country.
He is an accomplished wheelchair basketball player who has won medals at Paralympic medals for Team GB.
Other winners on the night were April Ashley, who won the lifetime achievement award, the Royal Airforce won company of the year while Tower Hamlets councillor Rabina Khan won the hero of the year award.
Congrats to Ade…we’re super proud of you!