Abdi Jama

ABDI JAMA

Basketball
Abdi Jama
"As a kid, wheelchair basketball gave me another purpose in life after my accident. It gave me confidence and the belief that you can do anything."
#TeamSunrise

At the age of 14-years-old, Abdi Jama broke his back after falling out of a window. Introduced to wheelchair basketball by current GB teammate Ade Orogbemi at a school taster session, Abdi has since gone on to become one of the best 1.0 players in the world. "I chose wheelchair basketball because I already had previous interest in it before my accident. I love the team aspect of it and having team mates. I don't really suit individual sports, I like the comradery that comes with being in a team. The biggest challenge I encountered was accessibility. Finding a basketball court that's accessible can be very difficult. Even if the court is okay, the showers and toilet facilities are generally inaccessible".

#TeamSunrise

Starting out with local Liverpool club the Vikings, wheelchair basketball continues to see Abdi travel the world with a playing career that in addition to international events with Great Britain has seen him play for clubs in Italy, Spain, and Australia. "Wheelchair basketball is fast, challenging and mentally toughens you up. You don't have to be amazing to play - and regardless of your ability, you can play. It's a great sport for everyone". A double European Champion with the GB Junior Team, Abdi won bronze at his Paralympic debut in Beijing (2008). In 2010, Abdi then assisted the senior GB Team to 5th place at the World Championships before, in 2011, playing a fundamental role in the team’s gold medal campaign at the 2011 European Championships.

Abdi’s second Paralympic Games in 2012 saw him named co-captain of ParalympicsGB’s Wheelchair Basketball Team with Matt Byrne, leading them to the bronze medal game where they narrowly lost to the USA. 2013 saw Abdi continue to build upon his international success, captaining Great Britain to a consecutive European Championship gold medal (Frankfurt, Germany).

In 2014 Abdi once again received the honour of being called up to Captain the GB Men’s Team, this time at the World Championships in South Korea. Then, the following year, Abdi played a crucial role in assisting the GB Men to their third consecutive European gold. "This sport has given me a lot of friends. As a kid, it gave me another purpose in life after my accident. It gave me confidence and the belief that you can do anything. My goal is to inspire the next generation. I actually do voluntary work in my local youth centres in Liverpool. I'm hoping to wider my field to Sheffield and Leicester too. I just want kids to stay out of trouble and see me as a role model".

"As a kid, wheelchair basketball gave me another purpose in life after my accident. It gave me confidence and the belief that you can do anything."
My sports wheelchair
"My sports wheelchair is the aluminum RGK Elite. It's fast and gives me the edge on my competition. The higher backrest and wheel positioning really helps. I couldn't ask for anything better."
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My everyday wheelchair
"My everyday wheelchair is the RGK Tigra with 24" wheels. I like this wheelchair because it's light, comfortable, easy to maneuver and is very long lasting. It also fits perfectly - which is important at 6 feet 4 inches tall!"

ROAD TO
GLORY

2016
Paralympic Games (Rio)
Bronze Medal
2016
European Championships (Italy)
Gold Medal
2015
European Championships (Worcester)
Gold Medal
2014
World Championships (Korea)
7th Place
2013
European Championships (Frankfurt)
Gold Medal
2012
Paralympic Games (London)
4th Place
2011
European Championships (Nazareth)
Gold Medal
2010
World Championships (England)
5th Place
2009
European Championships (Turkey)
Bronze Medal
2008
Paralympic Games (Beijing)
Bronze Medal
2007
European Championships (Germany)
Silver Medal