" I don't really suit individual sports, I like the comradery that comes with being in a team."
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".
"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".
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".
Wheelchair basketball European Championships - Walbrzych
Wheelchair basketball World Championships - Hamburg
European Wheelchair Basketball Championship - Tenerife
European Championships (Italy)
Paralympic Games (Rio)
European Championships (Worcester)
World Championships (Korea)
European Championships (Frankfurt)
Paralympic Games (London)
European Championships (Nazareth)
World Championships (England)
European Championships (Turkey)
Paralympic Games (Beijing)
European Championships (Germany)
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