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Abdi Jama  GB  Team Captain Wheelchair Basketball  and Inspirational Speaker


Abdi Jama is currently the one point player in the GB wheelchair basketball team and is seen by many in the sport as one of the world's best 'one point' players in the world. Abdi Jama plays for Oldham Owls Super League Champions.  A double European Champion with the GB Juniors, Abdi won bronze at his first Paralympic Games in Beijing, in 2008 and added European Gold to his medal collection in 2011 at the championships in Nazareth. He captained  the GB team in his second Paralympics Games at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and is now looking forward to the journey to RIO 2016.

Abdi Jama  GB  Team Captain Wheelchair Basketball  Inspirational Speaker 

Abdi Jama  GB  Team Captain Wheelchair Basketball  and Inspirational Speaker

Abdi was born in Burao Somalia and moved to Britain in 1990. He is now a proud Scouser. 

Abdi has a great affection for the area where he grew up and where his family continues to live.

His first sporting ambition was to be a footballer and seeing local lad Robbie Flower turn professional gave him a direction and aim to follow a sporting career and in his early teens he was on Everton's school boy books.

However, everything was about to change as an accident, aged 14, left him paralysed.  Abdi dismisses this with characteristic optimism  'It could happen to anyone...but, hey life goes on'.   His life changed again following a chance meeting with Ade Orogbemi, who came to Abdi’s school to give a talk. Orogbemi convinced Abdi to try wheelchair basketball and since then Abdi has never looked back.  He and Ade developed a close friendship and are both current members of the Team GB squad.

Abdi was determined to succeed and for three years during his teenage years he wheeled himself 3 miles every day to the Greenbank Centre in Liverpool to use their sport and educational facilities. This determination coupled with the help and mentoring provided by Gerry Kinsella, Director of the Greenbank Centre paid off and Abdi now finds himself not only competing for his country but being crowned 2012 International Player of the Year!

He joined his first club the Liverpool Vikings, and ever since Wheelchair Basketball has allowed him to travel the world and represent his country, playing for clubs in Italy and Australia.

A double European Champion with the GB Juniors.  Abdi won bronze at his first Paralympic Games in Beijing, in 2008 and was crowned Best Newcomer at the 2008 British Wheelchair Sports Awards!

Since then he has added European Gold to his medal collection in 2011 at the championships in Nazareth.

Adbi was also part of the team that competed in the 2012 London Paralympic Games and is looking forward to Rio 2016

Abdi is now available to share his experiences with you

Medal haul
2007 European Championships, Germany : Sliver medal
2008 Beijing Paralympic Games: Bronze medal
2009 European Championships Turkey:  Bronze medal
2011 European Championships, Nazareth, Israel: Gold medal
2010 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships, Birmingham, UK:5th
2012 London Paralympic Games 4th

Individual Honours
2012 International Player of the Year
All Star Best Low Pointer - Australia
All Star Top 5  - Australia
2012 Euro Cup Andre Vergauwen All Star 5

Team Honours 

2 x Italian League Titles
1 x Italian Super Cup
2  English Super League
1 x Australian League Champions

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Abdi was an outstanding presenter who left everybody he met totally in awe and smiling after meeting such an incredibly talented but also down to Earth guy. Wheelchair Basketball was certainly a hot topic amongst our students whilst the Paralympic Games were on, and Abdi really managed to both give us an insight into the sport and the training, as well as putting a personal spin on the commitment and dedication required to perform at such a high level. After reading the students summaries of the day, the message that is repeated many times is one of inspiration- how through hard work, focus and with the help of a positive outlook, Abdi transformed a potentially life-shattering accident into a positive future. This is such an important message to be shared amongst today's young people, in a society of instant gratifications- that actually real success and fulfilment is only found through personal commitment, sacrifice and graft.

I would thoroughly recommend Abdi as a presenter, to both students and adults alike. His amenable nature meant that everybody was comfortable to ask questions, and keen to hear the answers. His skills and his passion for the sport are unquestionable, and it was a real honour to see him in action. He was organised and easy to accommodate- punctual and flexible to fit in with our days plans. I hope we will see him back again in the future!


The boys and I thoroughly enjoyed our talks from Abdi on friday. We found it very insightful. It was great to meet such a humble man who is clearly at the top of his game. He was very open when it came to questions and his demonstrations were incredible. I was particularly impressed with the motor skill mastery he has developed in order to keep control of the wheelchair while dealing with the ball at the same time. To then add ongoing commentary of what he was doing showed that men certainly can multitask. I would recommend his talks to anyone and it was a real pleasure to meet such a grounded sportsman who has achieved an enormous amount.

The London School for Boys 

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